December 7th. In any year, in the United States, it is memorialized.
Just what is memorialized?
Memory. . . . . . What is it? Memory of What? For what?
Of course. We mourn. the loss.
Veterans of the U.S. military who were alive at the time, who experienced it, must remember it, perhaps simply to honor their friends and fellow military friends who perished, or whose lives were maimed.—But . . . . . . .
Kenji Chienshu Liu‘s latest book of poetry: Map of an Onion, (published by Inlandia Institute 2016), a recent winner of the U.S. national Hillary Gravendyk Prize, is an exquisite blend of intimacy, heart, colonial history’s effects, war, displacements and identity. Grief, loss, and rage are not locked into rational categories displaced in a western psychological malaise, but are instead interwoven and particularized in textures of belonging, memory and uncovering, through the vast emptiness of fullness-in-difference, of history and intimately personal worlds, evoked between words and from words.
I highly recommend this for anyone who loves poetry in contexts of understanding and owning the multiple histories through which our personal lives are woven; intricately with others, of the present and times past, and the future.
Vimeo Visual Poems accompanying the Book, at Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/album/3840355
Leah Silvieus‘s review of Kenji’s book at Hyphen Magazine: http://hyphenmagazine.com/blog/2016/03/“i’ll-look-behind-you-you-arrive”-kenji-c-liu’s-map-onion
The Generation Nexus: Peace in the Post War Era event is ongoing through spring of 2014. The facilities are beautiful. Approaching the building, the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field, and the waters can be seen, amidst the beautiful hills that are a huge part of the Presidio area in which the Building 640 has been built.
Aisha Fukushima is a Black/Japanese=Blackanese Poet/singer/rapper/activist=Raptivist educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area in the USA.
Her work brings together global hip-hop styles and language, and anti-racist, anti-sexist activism in a way that crosses national boundaries.
One of the best Asian-American literary journals in the United States is The Kartika Review.
It is a poem dedicated to my mother, who just passed away this past September.
San Francisco Bay Area poet Sabrena Taylor, is of African-American, Japanese cultural background, with Native American roots as well. Her poems traverse historical, political, mythological memory, addressing longing, social justice and healing:
Stanza from: Demilitarized Zones by Doug Rawlings
They came to torture us
these children of the dust
to torture us
with their eyes
with their lies
with the hatred in their eyes
the ice in their smiles
the wretchedness of their lives
Letter to Myself as a Newborn
by Kenji Liu
Thirty-two years ago. 4:12 pm. A forest, river and hospital.