Messages from Salt Water

Messages from Salt Water

by Sabrina Ito


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Sabrina Ito’s poetry chapbook, Messages from Salt Water explores how love, betrayal, discovery and acceptance drive and define our relationships with others, as well as with ourselves. Autobiographical in nature, these poems chronicle various stages of Ito’s personal life - from her childhood experiences in Japan, to her adult years in Canada and the USA. Displacement, racial identity and unresolved relationships feature as predominant themes, while water symbolism unifies the collection. Simple, yet evocative, Ito’s poetic style invokes the natural Japanese landscapes where many of her poems take place. An honest and sincere portrayal of how life-changing moments are often fleeting and indefinable, Messages from Salt Water is narrative poetry at its best - accessible stories told through lyrical language, that readers will want to revisit and re-experience again, and again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635349702
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Sabrina Ito lives in Honolulu, Hawaii where she works as a middle school languages teacher. A nationally published poet, Sabrina's poems have appeared in literary journals such Clarion Magazine, Bamboo Ridge, West Trade Review, Slipstream Press and The Coachella Review. Sabrina is also the author of the poetry chapbook, The Witches of Lila Springs, published by Plan B Press.

Table of Contents

I. Center

Climb 1

Sea Stars 3

Hiroshima Expats 5

Leaving Kamakura 7

Burial 8

Night Flight 10

Hafu 11

Why I Can never trust a woman 12

Michael, with Blue Eyes 13

II. Peripheral

Koi 17

Fifth Date 18

Giggling at Bedtime 19

Seasick 21

Rideau Canal 22

Kamakura Bay 23

Porphyra 24

So Much in a Gesture 25

Fulford Harbor 26

Onryo 27

Leonids, and a Snowy Field 28

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