Remember to Wave

Kaia Sand is the author of a poetry collection, interval (Edge Books 2004), and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press 2008), and she has created several chapbooks through the Dusie Kollektive. Her poems lotto and tiny arctic ice comprise the text of two books in Jim Dine’s Hot Dreams series (Steidl Editions 2008). She lives in Portland, Oregon, with Jules Boykoff and their daughter, Jessica.


Remember to Wave
By Kaia Sand • 2010 • $16
Design by Bao Nguyen


“Do we need our ruins visible?” asks Kaia Sand. “I carry old maps, but sometimes the space seems illegible because reclaimed wetlands and construction changed the shape of the land. I cross-check books and oral histories and photographs. I imagine.”

Sand takes the reader on a guided tour of Portland, Oregon’s hidden histories—those of the internment of Japanese Americans, the shunting of African Americans into the part of the city that floods. Her book is composed of essays, a poetry walk, and poems that rise out of documents like histories from a nearly-forgotten past. Sand shows us how a past can be re-visioned through research and the poetic imagination.

“Woooo weee!–this book is really something! It’s both “too much” and the “total package,” and then some–sort of like an “All You Can Eat” site–a “smelter”–in a rock-alcove below petroglyphs. “Sand” plus “Wave” plus “Tinfish”–that’s the cool combo, combined with Vision, Heart, Smarts, Reach, Diligence, Direction, and good doses of downhome, downright Whimsy! Are you ready? Step lively now. Be on alert. Keep up with Kaia. And REMEMBER TO WAVE!”
—Lawson Fusao Inada, Oregon Poet Laureate

“Kaia Sand’s Remember To Wave maps the temporal palimpsests and traumatic political history of Portland, Oregon. Sand writes the seen and unseen city in the spirit of William Carlos Williams’ Paterson, Charles Olson’s Gloucester, or Barbara Jane Reyes’ San Francisco. She reads the geography of Portland for its displacements, exclusions, migrations, disappearances, ruins, and hauntings. Sand asks: “Do we need our ruins visible?” The answer resonates throughout Remember to Wave as poetry creates a deeply felt awareness of past and present injustices. In this profound and threaded mapping, Sand composes “an ode of accretion”—a song of our ruins rendered visible.”
—Craig Santos Perez, author of from unincorporated territory

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Remember To Wave is used as required reading at Temple University and the University of Hawai?i at M?noa.

Read more about Sand’s work on the TinFish Editor’s Blog.

Visit Kaia Sand’s website.