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Author Mirikitani, Janice, author.

Title Out of the dust : new and selected poems / Janice Mirikitani.

Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press in association with UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Los Angeles, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Asian and Pacific American transcultural studies
Intersections (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction: Out of the Dust -- Out of the Dust -- We, the Dangerous -- Looking for America -- Breaking Silence -- Woman with Straight Back -- Late with Lunch -- Tongues Afire -- Glossary -- About the Author.
Summary Out of the Dust is a collection of new poems by activist, leader, poet, and editor Janice Mirikitani. After being named San Francisco's second Poet Laureate in 2000, this fifth book of poems from Mirikitani was written in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Drawing from her own background as a Sansei (third generation) Japanese American, Mirikitani reflects on the many ways we connect through the dust and our ability to rise and renew ourselves from this place. From the dust of the World Trade Center in New York to the retaliatory ashes of the dead in America's war in Afghanistan, the poems in this volume seek to explicate the connections of our humanity to the reactionary profiling of people of Middle Eastern descent and different ethnicities, comparing these choices to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Mirikitani's poems cover topics about rape, incest, the continued struggle for justice and economic equality, and the poet's experiences throughout her 50-year career at Glide Foundation and Church in San Francisco, where she has helped to create groundbreaking programs for the poor, women and children, and those who are healing from sexual assault, violence and abuse. Though constructed from a depth of experiences with struggle, these poems also erupt in celebration of marriage, daughters, and the discovery of self through diversity.
Language notes In English.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Japanese American poetry.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780824847944 (electronic bk.)
0824847946 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.21313/9780824847944