We got in the jeep and Gramma sped through the pineapple fields. She braked suddenly and made us get out. Ben and I picked pineapple after pineapple, until our pink suits were stained with red dirt. The jagged leaves of the plants cut my hands. Before leaving, Gramma flung our Easter baskets into the opposite field. When we got to the ranch she had us shovel manure and wheelbarrow in our suits until the seams split. She told us to stuff all our pockets with dung beetles. Gramma never washed them. Instead, she packed them in a box that she sealed with duct tape. Ben presented my mother with the box upon our return to Honolulu. She opened it and the smell nearly knocked her over. A note read, "Dear Mary, quit dressing your sons up like sissies."
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About the Author
Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic.
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