For the young Kenji Takezo, the innocent surfer who inhabits this collection of poems, balance becomes more than just trying to stand on a wave. It is a way of surviving in a world as precarious as the ocean, a world constantly turning on itself.
About the Author
Rick Noguchi was born in Los Angeles and raised in Culver City. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Arizona State University. His chapbook, The Wave He Caught, won the 1994 Pearl Editions Prize.
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I don't know of another book of contemporary poetry as exciting and as fun as this one. It is rare to find a book of poems that truly follows a fascinating narrative driven by the character of one single personna--our hero--Kenji Takezo. Though the poems move with a light touch--the kind of touch one admires in pilots and pyrotechnic engineers--the poems barrel through you at top speed. The Pacific ocean breaks all over the place in these poems. Waves crash and smash things and our hero gracefully rides that crashing. When so many books of American poetry fear the fact of clarity and the traditional powers of narrative, this books comes crashing forward like the giant sweet wave I've been waiting for.