Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan/Guam. He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent (Hawai’i Dub Machine, 2011), and author of two collections of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina](Omnidawn Publishing, 2010), a finalist for the LA Times 2010 Book Prize for Poetry and the winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. He is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, where he teaches Pacific literature and creative writing.

During Your Lifetime

for Grandma Perez (1922-2018) In your backyard, you planted papaya, mango, breadfruit, coconut, guava, and banana trees long before I was born. After harvest, we walked around the village, delivering a share to every neighbor. When we returned, you told …

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from understory

for my wife and our unborn daughter [håga] ~ We cannot think of a time that is oceanless Or of an ocean not littered with wastage —T.S. Eliot from ‘The Dry Salvages’ ~ [she] is drinking a glass of filtered …

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ginen sounding lines

~ “Curiously, there are no known migration legends in Chamorro lore …”                               —Robert Tenorio Torres                               from Pre-Contact Marianas Folklore, Legends, and Literature ~ when it is 2 pm here, it is 8 am the next day there— to mark the …

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ginen tidelands

~ “The fallen Latte is the sign. It is from within the row of Latte that we feel our strength. It is the severred capstone that gives us Their message, ‘Ti monhayon I che’cho.’ We will not rest until the …

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