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Garrett Hongo

Poet, memoirist, and audio writer

Recent Poetry on Poetry Foundation

Five poems by Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo's Quest for Artistic Perfection

Garrett Hongo’s writing is rooted in beauty and emotion. The creative writing professor is a master of translating feelings from his past into vibrant literature. In Kahuku, a Hawaiian town on the north shore of Oʻahu where he spent his early childhood, Hongo was surrounded by beauty on all sides: breathtaking vistas, lush forests and rain-drenched volcanic peaks blanketed

"Slow-Dancing with 45s" from GEORGIA REVIEW

At the age of fourteen, during my last year in junior high school in Gardena, I began to realize that if I were ever to get a date I ’d have to revolutionize my musical point of reference. The faux folk music and light pop I ’d once cherished had to be exchanged for something completely different. I was among

A major review in Wall Street Journal!

Garrett Hongo, a professor of poetry at the University of Oregon, ... has spent the last few decades searching for the perfect hi-fi system. His book “The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo” is itself a stereo recording, with autobiography in one channel and his search for the best sound in the other—a search that involves learning about different kinds

A rave review in the Washington Post!

I expected poet-essayist Garrett Hongo’s “The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo” to recount the author’s obsession with finding and building the ideal listening equipment. But it turns out you don’t have to be a nerdy audiophile to completely love this volume. “The Perfect Sound” contains multitudes.  The book is dedicated to the author’s father — Albert

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