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Tanka: Poems in Exile

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Tanka: Poems in Exile is a beautifully crafted collection of poetry that captures the struggles and emotions of Japanese-Americans during a dark chapter in American history. Through his poignant and evocative verses, Jun Fujita brings to life the feelings of loss, longing, and resilience that permeated the lives of those forced into internment camps during World War II. The simplicity and depth of Fujita's words draw the reader into the heart of this tragic period, offering a powerful and moving glimpse into the experiences of those who were unjustly persecuted. Tanka: Poems in Exile is a powerful testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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Jun Fujita's tanka are timeless, still, sad. Written in English, one wonders whether the recurring deserts are in Japan, in America, or in the poet's state of mind: that of a scarecrow flapping in wind. The form is as loose and haunting as modern English-language tanka. - Summary by czandra

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