Drawing the Line

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As World War II began, not only were Japanese Americans herded into internment camps, the young men were then drafted. But at Heart Mountain, a group of resisters drew the line - they refused to comply, on constitutional grounds - and wound up in federal prison. As the author contemplates a simple line drawing of the Heart Mountain camp, he revisits this moment of history with pain, pride, and thoughtful historical perspective. In a section about Japanese American life, Inada pays tribute to his elders, and ...
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Overview

As World War II began, not only were Japanese Americans herded into internment camps, the young men were then drafted. But at Heart Mountain, a group of resisters drew the line - they refused to comply, on constitutional grounds - and wound up in federal prison. As the author contemplates a simple line drawing of the Heart Mountain camp, he revisits this moment of history with pain, pride, and thoughtful historical perspective. In a section about Japanese American life, Inada pays tribute to his elders, and delights in the detail of the day-to-day. His love for the landscape of Oregon is realized in poems that smell of pine and sparkle like a mountain stream. This is a rich, varied collection of poems brimming with hope, nourished by the wisdom of the past, alive with the electricity of the moment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566890601
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Just As I Thought 7
This One, That One 13
Over Here, Over There 17
The Real Inada 31
Denver Union Station 39
The Grand Silos of the Sacramento 42
Grandmother 43
Eatin' with Sticks 44
In a Buddhist Forest 47
Kicking the Habit 48
Ringing the Bell 55
The Real Fresno 59
Residue 61
Messing with the Sisters 63
Nobody, Nothing 64
Hiroshi from Hiroshima 67
A Nice Place 86
Putting Back the Rain 89
Pursuing a Career 90
A World of Passengers 93
A High-Five for I-5 94
Seeking the Great 100
Picture 102
Tapping the Temples 104
A Poet of the High Seas 109
Healing Gila 110
Children of Camp 112
Scanning the Century 117
Picking Up Stones 124
Drawing the Line 128
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