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A Thousand Homes

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The emotionally powerful poems in "A Thousand Homes" evoke the songs of lumberjacks, the smells of cooking, the tenderness and harshness of family life, and the sharp disruptions of the Japanese-Canadian diaspora, including the forced evacuation of Japanese-Canadians from the west coast in World War II.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 16th 1997 by Mercury Press (first published 1995)
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Mark Victor Young
Jun 21, 2009 Mark Victor Young rated it liked it
Tree branch bones
creak in a steady wind
reaching, in vain, to protect
the unmarked gravebeds below.

Japtown # 1 & 5
at the corner of Maple and 4th.
Miners from Kyushu
came to Cumberland
to dig their graves in the coal and gas.

The above passage is from "Whistling Past the Graveyard", one of a number of poems in this collection which describes the situation facing the Japanese immigrants in Canada in this century. The poems move back and forth through history, through several generations, following t
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Terry Watada is a Toronto poet, novelist, playwright and essayist, and historian, musician and composer, with numerous publications to his credit. Five of his plays have received mainstage production. He contributes a monthly column to The Bulletin, a national Japanese Canadian community paper. For his writing, music and community volunteerism, he was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II ...more
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