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ukulele drift: haiku of Matthew Caretti


“Like a personal tour from a good friend, these poems lead us through the flora, fauna, and culture of American Samoa, Caretti’s home for the past two years. But these are not mere snapshots. These haiku embrace all the senses as they evoke the spirit of this unique place with quiet grace, respect, and everyday wonder.”
— Tanya McDonald


“Matthew Caretti has a gift for selecting just the right words to make moments come alive, and in these haiku he engages all the senses. We feel the heft of ripe mangos, the sway of aiga tour buses amid the beat of Hawaiian reggae . . . and we see, from moment to moment, the unfolding of island life — the rains, the rainbows, the islanders’ deep connection to the ocean, where every part of a wave has a name.”
— Rich Youmans

aiga bus
the jawaiian sway
of worn springs

a pothole
just deep enough . . .
the sleeping stray

the rough edges
of a cane toad

noonday whales
wobble our boat

ISBN: 978-1-958408-27-8
Pages: 118
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2023

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