Joe Balaz

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 Heavy Feather Review, Public Pool, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Yellow Mama, 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.

Josh wuz mind wandering
and waiting foa da bus

wen some ghostly figures
came walking around da corner

to stand behind him
as he sat on wun bench.

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Sorry about my uncooperative nature
but I’m just not into accepting snake oil

and being bamboozled and sold
on da boastful and promising pitch.

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cause all dose levees made of dung
​nevah seem to hold up so well.

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Carolyn just loves
da new house in Kahala.

Hard to believe dat she grew up as wun local
cause she look and act like wun Katonk.

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Da predators are tinking
it’s time foa wun feast

unaware dat dey going get fleeced. 

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