The mirror diary : selected essays / Garrett Hongo
- Hongo, Garrett Kaoru, 1951-
- Uniform Title:
- Essays. Selections
- Ann Arbor, MI : University of Michigan Press, 
- Copyright Date:
- Physical Description:
- 210 pages ; 21 cm.
- The mirror diary -- In the bamboo grove : some notes on the poetic line -- Sea and scholarship : confessional narrative in Charles Olson's "Maximus, to himself" -- On Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass -- The academy reading series featured poet : R.S. Thomas -- From "A poet's notebook" -- The activity of the poet -- Ministry : homage to Kīlauea -- A man on child's swing : contemporary Japanese poetry -- Review of Turning Japanese : memoirs of a sansei by David Mura -- Homage to lost worlds : where I write, why I write there -- Working for the DWP -- In the Charles Wright Museum -- Introduction to Under western eyes : culture wars in Asian America -- Gardens we have left -- HR 442 : redress -- Hope alive : writers at the unconvention -- Lost in place : longing for the brave new world of L.A. -- America singing : an address to the newly arrived peoples.
- "The Mirror Diary tracks the emergence of an original poetic voice and a learned consciousness amid multiple and sometimes competing influences of complex literary traditions and regional and ethnic histories. Beginning with a literary inquiry into the history of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i and California, Garrett Hongo draws on his own history to consider the mosaic of American identities--personal, cultural, and poetic--in the context of a postmodern diaspora. Hongo's essays attest to the breadth of what he considers his cultural inheritance and literary antecedents, ranging from the poets of China's T'ang Dynasty to American poets such as Walt Whitman and Charles Olson. He explains free-verse prosody by way of John Coltrane's jazz; praises his contemporaries, poets David Mura, Edward Hirsch, and Mark Jarman; and acknowledges his mentors, Bert Meyers and Charles Wright. In other pieces he engages with controversies and contestations in contemporary Asian American literature, confronts the politics of race and the legacy of Japanese American internment during World War II, offers paeans to the Hawaiian landscape, and addresses immigrants newly arrived in America with a warm welcome. The Mirror Diary is the work of a poet fully engaged with contemporary politics and poetics and committed to the study and celebration of diverse traditions." -- Publisher's description
- 9780472037025 paperback ; alkaline paper
0472037021 paperback ; alkaline paper
9780472123292 electronic book
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
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