Chenou Liu

A Tanka About Two Solitudes - Poem by Chenou Liu

'in Search of Lost Time'
'a la recherche du temps perdu'
new Canadian,
old Quebecer... two solitudes
in the Toronto sunlight

Poet's Notes about The Poem

the 17th 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: // , 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: //

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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