M: Many of the poems are rooted in a specific place, i.e. Hawaii, California. Some are even specific to a particular
neighborhood. How does location influence your poetry?
KW: Location is everything for me, especially when I’ve never been to a place and can see it fresh and new. Now I was born
and raised in Hawaii but was away for quite a while—when I returned, everything was new again because of all the time
between visits. The same thing happened in San Diego—I got used to it, quit writing about it, then returned a decade later to
find it full of new and powerful images. I’m not saying that a city or place has to change for me to write about it, but time
away restores its freshness and allows me to see it with new eyes.