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Love Works

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  19 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This impressive collection brings together Mirikitani’s strongest poems on a diversity of subjects: the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the fragility and challenges of family relationships, and the quest by people at the margins of society to claim justice, bread and dignity. Also included is her long inaugural essay in which she discusses how poet ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by City Lights Foundation Books (first published 2002)
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Daisy
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read - powerful words that run the gamut of human emotion from fear, anger, sadness, to love, companionship, and the resolve to overcome all obstacles for personal and community empowerment. I greatly enjoyed the visual aesthetic of the poems, as well as the strong use of alliteration and double entendres - Janice is a great writer, and worthy of a reading.
Ashley
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book was recommended to me by a dear friend, Karen Wong. Mirikitani is the second poet laureate of San Francisco and writes in this collection of her experiences working with women and children who have suffered from abuse, her own life as the daughter of a a single mother and survivor of a WWII internment camp, and much more. I think this part is my favorite:

Some women
live with their arms crossed
to hide shame
hold fear tightly.
Without full measure of light
fruit turns small and bitter.

Some
...more
Cathy Douglas
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, poetry
Mirikitani's poetry is the work of a community organizer. She seems like a wonderful person, dedicated to helping women and others make something out of the bumpy parts of live through art, and working together for the common good. It's just that the resulting poems aren't that interesting, and tend to blur together. If I knew the people and the circumstances that are the starting place of these poems, they might mean more.
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