Sinavaiana-Gabbard's critically acclaimed poetry and scholarship have appeared in national and international journals and her book of poetry - Alchemies of Distance - was published in 2002. The text weaves between prose and verse and communicates a search for a Samoan identity and path of development within a modern colonized world. In his review of Alchemies of Distance, Craig Santos Perez asserts that this text "transforms the distances of time, culture, memory, and migration into a poetry of witness" New Zealand-based Samoan writer and poet Albert Wendt describes Sinavaiana-Gabbard's voice as "a new blend of Samoan, American, and widely ranging poetic and philosophical languages. A unique, vibrant, undeniable voice which shapes the now fearlessly with profound understanding and forgiveness".
|“||"I understood poetry as oxygen. And I wanted to breathe." ||”|
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- Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, “Introduction: a kind of genealogy”, Alchemies of Distance, (Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, 2001), back cover.
- Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, “Introduction: a kind of genealogy”, Alchemies of Distance, (Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, 2001), p.11.