Sunday, January 28, 2007


I'm the editor for "Seeds + Esssse." It's a public school-based poetry journal for students from K-12 (and perhaps even college.)

My problem: how should I edit pidgin? I have my own ideas of how to spell in pidgin--should I leave the words the way the poet wrote them, or should I create a kind of pidgin dictionary, specifically for the journal?


Sarah said...

There actually is a pidgin dictionary out in stores called "Da Kine Dictionary" by Lee A. Tonouchi. The book contains about 360 pidgin words, meanings, and sometimes origins. I'm sure it's available in any bookstore in Hawai'i. Hope this helps!

Pat said...

I'm glad Sarah commented; I was going to say the same thing.

There is also a volume of children's poetry called Small Kid Time, I think; the publisher is Bamboo Ridge Press. You should be able to find a copy in your library.