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Beyond Heart Mountain: Poems

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Lee Ann Roripaugh has been hailed by Ishmael Reed as "one of the brightest talents" writing poetry today. In this collection, she gives voice to the Japanese immigrants of the American West. In an unforgiving land of dirt and sagebrush, mothers labor to teach their children of the ocean, old men are displaced by geography and language, and the ghosts of Hiroshima clamor for peace. Lee Ann Roripaugh's exquisitely crafted poems rise from the pages of Beyond Heart Mountain burdened with memory and pain, yet converting these to powerful art--art that is like "the pattern of kimono found burned into a woman after Hiroshima . . . almost too beautiful, too horrible . . . to bear."

Remember to raise

bright orbs of rice-paper lanterns

by the goldfish pond,

so they can watch for me

with the yellow, unblinking gaze

of nocturnal things . . .

--from "Peony Lantern"

About the Author

Lee Ann Roripaugh was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. Selected by Ishmael Reed for the 1998 National Poetry Series, her previous honors include the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize in 1995 and the Academy of American Poets Prize in 1993.

Table of Contents

Beyond Heart Mountain Part I

Pearls

Ningyo

Chrysanthemums

Mitten Springs

I. Benny's Place

II. Antelope Hunting

III. Gutting

Coyote

Peach Girl

Oyurushi

Squid

A Dance of Wooden Shoes

Hiroshima Maiden

Part 2

Heart Mountain, 1943

I. Kimiko Ozawa

II. Jimmy Yamamoto

III. Masa Nakahara

IV. Chester Korematsu

V. Lily Iwasaki

VI. Sam Toyama

VII. Nina Inoue

VIII. Yoshio Miyake

IX. Chikako Okano

X. Minoru Saito

Part 3

Songs for an Approaching Rainy Season

The Woman Who Loves Insects

Star Festival

I. Sumida River

II. Orihime's Song

III. A Thousand Cranes

Peony Lantern

Utoyasukata

Peony Lover

Ode to Sushi

Fish Wife

Kakitsubata

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140589207
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Roripaugh, Lee Ann
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Concentration camps
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Wyoming -- Poetry.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
National Poetry Series Books Paperback
Publication Date:
19990601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.43x5.51x.29 in. .22 lbs.

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