Light in the Crevice Never Seen

(Revised Edition)

by Haunani-Kay Trask

A revised edition of the first collection of poetry by an indigenous Hawaiian to be published on the mainland, this is a Native woman’s impassioned, lyrical account of her land and people.

Excerpt from “Chant of Lamentation”:

I lament the black

and naked past, a million ghosts

laid out across the ocean floor

who journeys from

the rising to the setting

of the sun?



“Like the volcanoes on her beloved native islands, many of the poems in Trask’s first collection spew fire.” —Library Journal

“Haunani-Kay Trask carries us on a path that...takes us through the plundered world into a present where women gods rise up, strong and resilient.” —Linda Hogan

“[Ms. Trask] summons the elemental powers of sea, land, sun, moon, animal and plant.” —James Finnegan, Small Press Review

“Hers is a powerful rage that comes from the depths of the very Earth, Herself!” —The Bloomsbury Review

“This book draws from the personal and the political to uncover some of the hidden horrors of occupation and the necessary beauty in fighting back.” —Greg Young-Ing

“For over one hundred generations, we tended the earth. Then, in 1778, white people arrived on our shores. They brought syphilis and tuberculosis, iron and capitalism. And they also brought violence, the violence of first contact, the violence of plague and death, the violence of dispossession.” —From the preface of Light In The Crevice Never Seen


Haunani-Kay Trask is a professor at the University of Hawai’i. Her books include Eros and Power: The Promise of Feminist Theory (University of Pennsylvania Press), From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i (University of Hawai’i Press), and Night Is a Sharkskin Drum (University of Hawai’i Press). She is also a  nationalist and an organizer. She co-produced the award winning film “Act of War” chronicling the American invasion of Hawai’i. Ms. Trask is the recipient of numerous awards, including “Islander of the Year” awarded by Honolulu Magazine.