October 15, 1834

At port in Hawaii

Dear friend Adabel,

I am learning fast, even tho all I may do is watch and listen. Your father is fair with me. He is tutoring me to read faster and right better. I have tasted pineapples which you wood like I think. Whales are bigger than our houses. Tell my mother and father I am tuff as a shark and will bring them treasures. One for you to.

Your friend,


Kristin LaTour’s first full-length collection, What Will Keep Us Alive, is available from Sundress Publications. Her most recent chapbook is Agoraphobia, from Dancing Girl Press (2013). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Fifth Wednesday, Cider Press Review, Escape into Life and Massachusetts Review and in the anthology Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century. She teaches at Joliet Jr. College and lives in Aurora, IL with her writer husband. Readers can find more information at www.kristinlatour.com.