Professor Inoue-Smith publishes poetry reflecting on her years in Guam
A book of poetry titled “An Island of Plumerias” written by University of Guam Professor Yukiko Inoue-Smith and published in October 2020 by JustFiction! Edition adds to Inoue-Smith’s growing collection of published work. The book is a collection of American-style tanka poems in which Inoue-Smith reflects on her time living in Guam, which she describes as “the most productive years of my life.”
“The quarter of a century that I have spent in Guam seems like an extremely long time. At the same time, I feel that they passed so quickly,” she said. “Throughout my time here, I kept one idea in mind … that I should bloom where God has planted me.”
That idea inspired the subject matter of plumerias, which she associates with beauty, charm, and grace.
Excerpt from the book:
a flaming flower like
plumeria is the flower that
blooms in a dignified blaze
Of her chosen form of poetry, Inoue-Smith said, “Tanka is an ideal form of poetry to express my feelings. Poetry is an art form expressing creativity and skills, in forms that offer a universal language — and thus, poetry has a unique power to inspire thoughts and to share feelings among people anywhere in the world.”
Inoue-Smith is a professor of educational psychology and research at the University of Guam.
The book is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency, the government of Guam, and the Office of Governor of Guam.
Inoue-Smith’s other published tanka collections include:
She has also authored and compiled books on educational topics, including: