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Birds of Paradise Christine Kitano

Birds of Paradise

Christine Kitano

Published June 24th 2011
ISBN : 9780899241203
Paperback
58 pages
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A third-generation Japanese American, Kitano writes with an eerie, clarified composure of her familys struggles--immigration, culture shock, internment--and of her own private struggle to understand them and herself. Her confident, beautifullyMoreA third-generation Japanese American, Kitano writes with an eerie, clarified composure of her familys struggles--immigration, culture shock, internment--and of her own private struggle to understand them and herself. Her confident, beautifully crafted poems are suggestive of a mature poet at the top of her form- but, amazingly, this is her first book.Newcomer Christine Kitano writes with purpose and intensity about the disturbing subjects of her youth, her family interned in camps, her unborn twin, her mothers cruelty, her fathers death. Throughout it all, the grey, almost invisible child, born of everybodys second choice watches wonders and survives. Someone is waiting for me to die, she writes, to crack my bones / open in search of music. A haunting debut. -Dorianne Laux