Day 185 – JA poets; Oswaldo

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Day 185
10:56 pm

JA poets

Japanese American poets
three words
not often strung together
among the younger crowd

know of any really well?

how many do you talk to on a regular

Japanese American poets

how many have ever used the word

how many used the word
and wished they hadn’t published
the piece it was in because
they wanted to use it again?



to the tune
of 5 years,
made the playground
laugh with his
round belly and
the way he’d
get right up
after flying off
of his scooter,
flashing everyone with
his famous Flaming
Hot Cheetos smile

he was a grand life in a
small-big package and
everyone protected him,
even the bigger nastier
kids, nasty for the sake
of nastiness and puberty,
and Oswaldo paid no
attention to the little
things, kept our
focus on him, the
much bigger little man
who made the jaded
smile, in a way that
only someone who
entertains hope, can



About traciakemi

traci akemi kato-kiriyama - inter/multi-disciplinary theatre/performance artist, arts educator, cultural worker, community organizer. Tuesday Night Project; theatre, performance, writing, and teaching projects with many organizations and artists including: zero 3; Edge of The World for Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and the National Asian American Theatre Festival in New York; "PULL" with Kennedy Kabasares in San Francisco; Nobuko Miyamoto and Great Leap Collaboratory I; TeAda; NCRR; Oymun's 11. Playwright for "Chasing Dad - a performance of a reading about a play i'm writing" presented by Inside the Ford for the Ford's Summer Playwright series. View all posts by traciakemi

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