your black inscriptions cite a kino lau,
whose feathered wingspan, nighttime eyes & pun-
ishing beak comprise mo‘okū‘auhau.
Noʻu Revilla is a poet from Maui, "invested in creative projects grounded in aloha ʻāina and intersectional justice and often center discussions of gender, sexuality, belonging, and Indigeneity." I had the honor of meeting Noʻu briefly at my first AWP conference in Portland in 2019, where I was struck by her magnetic presence on a panel of (equally phenomenal) Indigenous writers. Revilla's poetry is seductive and sonically fluid and anchored in the na'au place with great love & attention given to her mo'oku'auhau, her lineage. I find myself, even now, thinking back to her breathtaking performance last spring –– a compelling collaboration of photography and poetry, a love letter to both the photographer and Revilla's ʻaumakua, the lizard.
Noʻu Revilla's chapbook, Say Throne, was published by Tinfish Press in 2011, and her latest chapbook, Permission to Make Digging Sounds, was published in Effigies III in 2019.
~ Charity Yoro