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The New and Selected Yuri Writing from Peeling Till Now (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/2/24
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Yuri Kageyama is a poet, fiction writer, performance artist and journalist of bilingual and bicultural upbringing, who was born in Japan and grew up in Maryland, Tokyo and Alabama, and now lives in Tokyo. Her writing has previously appeared in her first collection of poetry, Peeling (I. Reed Press, 1988), the anthology POWWOW, Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience-Short Fiction from Then to Now (Da Capo Press, 2009), and various other anthologies and literary publications including On a Bed of Rice, The Greenfield Review, Y'bird, Oro Madre, River Styx, Yellow Silk, Konch, and Breaking Silence, as well as The Oakland Tribune newspaper. Her film Talking TAIKO (March 2010), directed by Yoshiaki Tago, documents her readings with music. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
I was very impressed by Kageyama's poetry and prose, which are both a tender and raw depiction of her Asian American sexuality and political mindset. Some of the poems are in what's now called the "wordfist" tradition - like "BIG WHITE B***H" - taking aim at and taking down the oppressive forces of racism and sexism with a uniquely feminine yet toughspoken mindset. These are angry and direct, some might find them shocking, but I found them vivid and real. Others are a lament - of childhood abuse by her rocket scientist father and of sitting next to him as he lay dying. There are also many prose pieces - one discusses Japanese concepts such as Kakijun, Enryo and Iki, another is a perhaps semi-autobiographical look back at 1970's political-poetic movements in San Francisco, another is a dialogue between her and a younger Asian American woman living in Japan and struggling for relationship and power - possibly a younger version of herself.
This is an emininently readable and enjoyable collection, and I found myself in turns challenged and entertained by the sheer soul-force of the person who comes shining through these words. Close to the heart, close to the soul, deeply human and remarkable. Recommended.