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The Last Incantations: Poems

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The personal, historical, and artistic are all in dialogue in David Mura’s daring new collection, The Last Incantations. In a variety of poetic modes, Mura harmonizes and contrasts multiple voices to form a powerful meditation. Certain poems speak from his experiences as a third-generation Japanese American and his family’s struggles to prove their "Americanness." Others speak from the intersections of our multiracial society—an Asian teenager in love with a Somali Muslim girl, an apostrophe to Richard Pryor, ...

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Overview

The personal, historical, and artistic are all in dialogue in David Mura’s daring new collection, The Last Incantations. In a variety of poetic modes, Mura harmonizes and contrasts multiple voices to form a powerful meditation. Certain poems speak from his experiences as a third-generation Japanese American and his family’s struggles to prove their "Americanness." Others speak from the intersections of our multiracial society—an Asian teenager in love with a Somali Muslim girl, an apostrophe to Richard Pryor, poems about a Palestinian American friend, Abu Ghraib, the hapa sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The result is a sustained multifoliate poetry, bursting with elegance, heartache, and truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810152373
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2014
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,392,833
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Mura is a Japanese American poet, novelist, memoirist, and critic. His most recent book is his novel, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire (2008). His poetry books are Angels for the Burning (2004); The Colors of Desire (1995), which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award; and After We Lost Our Way (1989), which won a National Poetry Series Contest. His Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei (1991) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won PEN Oakland’s Josephine Miles Book Award. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and Ploughshares.
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