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 Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel.  BEFORE THE CITY, his first book of poetry, 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 and lectured with Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder.





A video from the Middle East arrives.
The national threat level shifts to orange.
F-18s drop 500-pound practice bombs
On the Whiskey and Zulu regions
Of neighboring Camp Pendleton.
The new President, the one who voted as
A Senator against invasion,
Says he’s sending more troops
Into Afghanistan
To end the war early.
This week, he ignores body counts
To focus on health care reform.
Americans root for Olympians
Racing and dancing on ice
While children are buried
In the Kabul Desert.
“Collateral damage,”
The General says, chewing gum.
Twilight bombing runs
Come during the Late Show
My walls and tables quiver,
Windows rattle like tambourines.
Newborn hawks in the Torrey Pine
Screech at the planets and stars.




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