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"As if through an echolocation of brilliant and insistent off-rhyme, these poems effect a delicate placement¬ of self into body, body into world, world into word. And at the center of it all is an even more delicate loss. Janine Oshiro's Pier takes its measure in precise instances that ache with intelligence. A truly masterful first book."—Cole Swensen

Seeking to identify the self that straddles both spiritual and physical worlds, Janine Oshiro's multidimensional poems are borderlands—wild and uncontained—where vision and illusion become crucial to survival. Pier is a place of frenzied collision where human industry meets feral ocean, a place of arrivals, departures, and transitions. Within these unique architectures, lyric intensity abounds and our identities discover a common landscape.

From "Habitat":

Here is a paper house to burn.

Here are the stones that address the pond.

Now count down

the rings at the top of the temple.

The invasive frogs are said to die upon

leaving their original habitat.

A pleading look in the eyes, sun-

shined, eclipsed by

a pupil. I want outside.

In the wrist is a bone like a boat.

I have been a long time out of water.

Janine Oshiro holds degrees from Whitworth College (now Whitworth University), Portland State University, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is a Kundiman fellow and the recipient of a poetry fellowship from Oregon's Literary Arts. She lives in Hawaii and teaches at Windward Community College.

Synopsis:

Called ‘a truly masterful first book by Cole Swenson, Pier is the inaugural winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize.

Synopsis:

Seeking to identify the self that straddles both spiritual and physical worlds, Janine Oshiro's multidimensional poems are borderlands—wild and uncontained—where vision and illusion become crucial to survival. Pier is a place of frenzied collision where human industry meets feral ocean, a place of arrivals, departures, and transitions. Within these unique architectures, lyric intensity abounds and our identities discover a common landscape.

About the Author

Janine Oshiro holds degrees from Whitworth College (now Whitworth University), Portland State University, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is a Kundiman fellow and the recipient of a poetry fellowship from Oregon's Literary Arts. She lives in Hawaii and teaches at Windward Community College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781882295883
Author:
Oshiro, Janine
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
6 x 9 in

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Seeking to identify the self that straddles both spiritual and physical worlds, Janine Oshiro's multidimensional poems are borderlands—wild and uncontained—where vision and illusion become crucial to survival. Pier is a place of frenzied collision where human industry meets feral ocean, a place of arrivals, departures, and transitions. Within these unique architectures, lyric intensity abounds and our identities discover a common landscape.

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