Shout Ha! to the Sky explores history and contemporary life from a Maori person's perspective, and seeks to restore possibilities removed through the forces of colonialism. The poetry is intimate, wry, funny, angry and always loving. It weaves into and dialogues with multi-genre work by a range of Pacific authors such as Anne Salmond, Albert Wendt, Haunani-Kay Trask, Witi Ihimaera, and the late Hone Tuwhare, as well as writing from outside the Pacific by Anna Seward, W.B.Yeats, Ezra Pound, Keats, Vijay Seshadri, Dante Alighieri.
Robert Sullivan is a critically acclaimed and award-winning New Zealand Maori poet who is now based in Honolulu and teaches creative writing at the University of Hawai'i. He has performed at festivals in the US, New Zealand, Italy, India, Germany and Canada. As well as five other books of poetry, he has co-edited Whetu Moana (an anthology of Polynesian poetry), Best New Zealand Poems 2006, and co-edits the online journal Trout.