Chenou Liu


A Tanka about Mohawk Youth


a Mohawk youth
and an old Canadian
shout at each other...
'we're here because we're here
if you must have a reason'

Submitted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

the 19th tanka in the sequence about diasporic experiences

Note: Based on the principles of progression and association employed in Japanese court poetry (for more information, see 'To the Lighthouse: Principles of Progression and Association in Tanka Sequences, ' http: //goo.gl/4a1nb) , Politics/Poetics of Re-Homing is first English language tanka sequence about diasporic experiences. In the sequence, I adopt an intersectional approach to exploring a wide range of issues related to immigration, English learning, racialized identity, racism, job seeking, colonization, acculturation, ...etc. You can read the whole sequence, http: //goo.gl/m9R9V

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