From a Three-Cornered World presents 60 poems by James Mitsui, 25 of them new. His poetry has, over two decades’ time and three previous volumes, asserted a strong and significant voice within the growing tradition of Asian American literature.
Mitsui’s poems contain a family history of immigration to the Pacific Northwest from Japan and the assimilation of American culture over three generations, including the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II. His vignettes of family life are gems of bittersweet humor and tenacious affection, revealing a deft and earthly poetic charm. Mitsui ranges over many subjects and deals with major themes in language that is spare yet lyrical, expressing historical insight in profoundly moving imagery.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Series:||Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
SELECTED PEOMSfrom Journal of the Sun 1974 Destination: Tule Lake Relocation Center Photograph of a Child Picture of a Japanese Farmer Section Hand, Great Northern Railway The Morning My Father Died Watching Bon Odori Because It Is Close and My Mother Is Shrike on Dead Tree Ohashi in a Shower Painting of a Hermitage Nisei: Second-Generation Japanese American
from Crossing the Phantom River 1978 Allowance When Father Came Home for Lunch Katori Maru Holding Center, Tanforan Race Track Block 18, Tule Lake Relocation Camp The Table Lamp Samurai Surrounded by Autumn Waterfall at Dusk Exhibition Painting by a Mental Patient Cape Alava For a Chinese Pheasant New Lines for Fortune Cookies For the Ballerina in Death Valley Junction
from After the Long Train 1986 Shakuhachi The East Watch House Minoru Mitsui Because of My Father's Job Wooden Flower Vase Visiting My Mother at Kawabe House After a Stranger Calls Letter to Tina Koyama In Sight of Purple Crocus
NEW POEMS Flexing Our Rippling Metaphors English Teachers What the Math Teacher Told Jim Isla Mujeres: My American Sonnet, 1986 Letter to Ransom from Green Lake The World of Becoming Closure In Front of the Geoduck Display Paris Windows: Some Linked Bantu Because You Left Three Rocks Graffiti in a University Restroom Rationale
Cleveland Was Farther Away Than July You are Beautiful Christmas Poem, 1987 Christmas Poem for Lilly Southwest of Stovepipe Wells Tohono O'Odham Indian Cemetery A Birthday Poem for Lilly Ode to My '94 Honda Passport From a Window of Lowell's Cafe
Painting Sunlight on the Wooden Wall of a House Getting Ready for Grandparenthood My Mother Juggling Bean Bags Wedding Poem for Janet & Drew At the Tom Mix Memorial Mitsui in English Means "Three Wells" Spring Poem for the Sake of Breathing