"The experience of reading this collection is nothing short of swimming in fire.... Night is a Sharkskin Drum is a testament to Trask's poetic mana. With these poems, she shows us once more that despite the ugliness she has seen, the ugliness that has pierced her, stabbed her, wounded her, scarred her and her people, there is beauty still." --- Sia Figiel
"An important addition to the growing body of work coming out of Oceania by Polynesian writers.... The poetry is beautiful and brutal, subtle and direct, courageous and respectful -- but most of all, it is honest. The poet's deep and profound love for her country and people is central to the work." --- Reina Whaitiri
"A perceptive and astutely profound commentary on Trask's life and the life of her country,... [the poems] are rich with irony and a passionate love of language." --- Albert Wendt
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Trask's From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai'i is a classic of postcolonial studies, but Trask's poetry is also crucial to her activism.| Read Full Review of Night Is a Sharkskin Drum (Ta...
/ From Halema'uma'u / our fiery Akua comes: / E, Pele E, / E, Pele E, / E, Pele E" (5 ).| Read Full Review of Night Is a Sharkskin Drum (Ta...