Shadow Mountain

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Shadow Mountain is the winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series in Poetry, selected by acclaimed poet Kimiko Hahn. The first years of the 21st century have been marked by a global uneasiness over untold stories: forgotten prisoners, unjustified wars, secret decisions. In Shadow Mountain Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan gives voice to older, too-easily forgotten tragedies, urging us to learn a present lesson. She draws on the stories of Japanese-Americans interned at Manzanar Relocation Center, California, and on her...
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Overview

Shadow Mountain is the winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series in Poetry, selected by acclaimed poet Kimiko Hahn. The first years of the 21st century have been marked by a global uneasiness over untold stories: forgotten prisoners, unjustified wars, secret decisions. In Shadow Mountain Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan gives voice to older, too-easily forgotten tragedies, urging us to learn a present lesson. She draws on the stories of Japanese-Americans interned at Manzanar Relocation Center, California, and on her own childhood and memories of her grandparents, examining the fault-line between family life and communal experience.

Shadow Mountain is captivating in its imagery, enchanting in its sounds, and a must read for anyone interested in the history of Japanese-American citizens and their children. Ranging in her forms from sonnet to terzanelle to fragmented, obstructed free verse, Kageyama-Ramakrishnan is a heartfelt interlocutor.

“A socially-conscious writer whose issues of war and passion bring us back, then forward again… Shadow Mountain, a plaintive first book, will be read by those who love poetry—and by those who will begin that love, here.” —Kimiko Hahn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884800849
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CLAIRE KAGEYAMA-RAMAKRISHNAN won the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry for this collection, selected by Kimiko Hahn. Born in Santa Monica and raised in Los Angeles, she received her B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, earned an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and completed her M.A. in literature from the University of California at Berkeley. At the University of Houston she was a Cambor Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing. She is a full-time instructor at Houston Community College, Central Campus. She lives in Houston with her husband, Raj, a scientist specializing in HIV/AIDS research at Baylor College of Medicine, and their three cats.
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Table of Contents

Bear, Diamonds and Crane
The Gift of Inheritance
1969
Haiku: Southern California, 1973
Tales from the Japanese
The Weight of Names
Near Owens Valley, 1985
Villanelle: November Night
Insouciance
End of Adolescence
Inglewood: Past Florence and Normandie, 1990
After Adrenaline
October Moon, 1981
Ko-Uta is Little Song
Bedtime Stories in 5-7-5 Syllables
Diamonds and Crane
Forgotten Names
Not Ikebana, but Wabi Sabi
Cousins, 1983
Anthropometry, 1987
In America, 1905-1935
Absolution
Collage/Bricolage: or Fragments of Truth
Sense-Making
The Wound
Night of Ellipses
Our Neighbor Ralph Brandt, 1973-1983
Perspectives on People of Japanese and American Descent
Cruel Irish Jokes, Catholic School, 1980
After Pearl Harbor
Survivor of Hiroshima
Student at UCLA, 1950
Nisei on Japanese School
Person From Japan to a Camp Survivor
Photograph of My Father, 1942
Manzanar, 1976
Mountain Viewing
June, 1974
For the Grandfather who Called Himself Jon Doe
Silver-Dollar Trees
Vincent and Emma
Shuumatsu: American Born Japanese
Trailing Fragments: Things to Keep Inside a Bento Box
Sunday Afternoon
Sawtelle Boulevard
At Seven and Nine, my Niece and Nephew Know
Tale of Hair for My Mother
The Order of Mothers: What Friends and Relatives Said
What the Women Do
12 Lines, —Dash—, Couplet
The Untold Afterlife of Izumi Shikibu, Heian Court Poet
Before We Were Ready
Tale of the Black Diamond
My Seedling, My Yonsei
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