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June 2, 2018
2 poems by Kristin Ryan
June 1, 2018
Playing Dead by D. Arthur
June 3, 2018



Not so hot

being wun elemakule


wen no moa big bang anymoa.


Kannot make nuclear missile

like before


cause da buggah no fit in da silo.


Auwe noho’i e

no can wow da wahine.


Moa bettah find wun hobby


cause wun romantic workout

is wun ting of da past.


All you young bucks out deah

geev ‘um as much as you can


and no turn down nutting

wen you get da chance.


Today Don Juan

tomorrow poho.


Being wun elemakule

has wun big downsize


if you know wat I mean.






auwe noho’i e      Oh, my goodness.

buggah                 Person, place, or thing.

elemakule            Old man.

poho                     Out of luck.

wahine                Woman.


Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and in American English. He edited Ho’omanoa: An Anthology of Contemporary Hawaiian Literature. Some of his recent Pidgin writing has appeared in Otoliths, Unlikely Stories Mark V, Yellow Mama, and Angry Old Man, among others. Balaz is an avid supporter of Hawaiian Islands Pidgin writing 
in the expanding context of World Literature. He presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.