White girl's blues
“I have come to an unalterable decision—
to go and live forever in Polynesia
then I can end my days in peace and freedom
without thoughts of tomorrow and this
eternal struggle against idiots.”
Paul Gauguin, October 1894
Gauguin moves southwest,
sucks on a guava kiss of helpless sea
in the silence of Tahiti’s night
amid ‘mad vegetation’—
Hey white girl
does it ever cross your mind
to unravel a boy
to rattle the doors
to banter and rant
and run barefoot?
Crabs, bats, rats
Hibiscus flushes your cheek,
frangipani fills his nose.
from Aue Rona
Reihana Robinson writes, paints and farms organically on the Coromandel in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in the USA and New Zealand in a number of journals including Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Landfall, Cutthroat, Hawai'i Review, Trout, Melusine, JAAM, Takahe, Cezanne’s Carrot, Tupelo anthology 2014, Catalyst, Cordite Review, Overland and Blackmail Press. Robinson was published as part of AUP New Poets 3, Auckland University Press in 2008. Her first volume Aue Rona was published by Steele Roberts, Wellington, NZ in 2012. Robinson has held artist residencies at the East West Center, Honolulu, Hawai'i and the Anderson Center, Red Wing, Minnesota. She is the inaugural recipient of the Te Atairangikāhu Award for Poetry.
Robinson's second collection of poems entitled I WANT YOU BACK has been selected to be published by Makaro Press in March 2018.
Bio photo credit: Jono Rotman