Enigmatic blue on a weekly basis - Andy Leleisi'uao
I draw my Pacific Islands heritage from the nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific, but I grew up in Fiji and for most of my life, that was 'home'. I now live in Wellington, New Zealand where I teach Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. I wrote the poems below while I was in London, researching the history of Fijian soldiers in the British Army. For many years, poetry has crucially functioned as ballast for my academic thinking and analysis. In 2008 I released a CD of poetry and sound called "I can see Fiji". It was produced by Hinemoana Baker, featured percussion by Des Mallon, and was made possible by a grant from Creative New Zealand. In Radio New Zealand's 'Best of 2008' listings, "I can see Fiji" was named one of three CDs of poetry and music that managed to enhance both disciplines. You can purchase a copy of "I can see Fiji" from https://kstore.net.nz/hinemoana/store.html .