Coconut Milk by Dan Taulapapa McMullinCoconut Milk by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Coconut Milk

byDan Taulapapa McMullin

Paperback | September 26, 2013

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Coconut Milk is a fresh, new poetry collection that is a sensual homage to place, people, love, and lust. The first collection by Samoan writer and painter Dan Taulapapa McMullin, the poems evoke both intimate conversations and provocative monologues that allow him to explore the complexities of being a queer Samoan in the United States.  

McMullin seamlessly flows between exposing the ironies of Tiki kitsch–inspired cultural appropriation and intimate snapshots of Samoan people and place. In doing so, he disrupts popular notions of a beautiful Polynesia available for the taking, and carves out new avenues of meaning for Pacific Islanders of Oceania. Throughout the collection, McMullin illustrates various manifestations of geopolitical, cultural, linguistic, and sexual colonialism. His work illuminates the ongoing resistance to colonialism and the remarkable resilience of Pacific Islanders and queer-identified peoples.

McMullin’s Fa’a Fafine identity—the ability to walk between and embody both the masculine and feminine—creates a grounded and dynamic voice throughout the collection. It also fosters a creative dialogue between Fa’a Fafine people and trans-Indigenous movements. Through a uniquely Samoan practice of storytelling, McMullin contributes to the growing and vibrant body of queer Indigenous literature.
Dan Taulapapa McMullin is a Samoan American poet, artist, and painter based in California.
Title:Coconut MilkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.24 inPublished:September 26, 2013Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816530521

ISBN - 13:9780816530526


Editorial Reviews

­­ "It was a sharp wit that grated the pithy coconut meat of American Samoan fa'afine intelligentsia experience and observation to produce the fine material in this collection of poetry. There is incisive cultural and political theorizing taking place here that holds its own with the best of scholarly insights. But there is also a sumptuous sexiness that oozes through the poems. The indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands region have long known the nourishing qualities of Coconut Milk. With Dan Taulapapa McMullin's new collection of poetry, I predict readers will find themselves in the position of both being luxuriously sated and panting for more."-Teresia Teaiwa, author of Searching for Nei Nim'anoa