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Best Evidence: Poems by Mark S. Osaki

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Poet Mark S. Osaki covers a number of poignant topics in Best Evidence. Each poem in the four sections gives you a glimpse of a formative moment in Osaki’s life or expands your viewpoint on conflicts in the world. Some poems, like the powerful “Chinese Camp, California,” speak of a larger cultural experience and the nuances of navigating identity as an Asian American. Othe ...more
Kindle Edition, 58 pages
Published February 5th 2018 by Amazon
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Joseph
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Best Evidence: Poems by Mark S. Osaki is a collection of poetry about being Asian in America. Osaki was born in Sacramento, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley as an Alumni Scholar and went on to do graduate work in International Relations and Security Studies.

The first section, Walking Back the Cat, contains several poems that reflect back on youth. The poem "Fish Heads" caught my attention mainly from the Saturday Night Live skit decades ago. Although not the poets i
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many of these poems are brief, focused on one artifact from Mark Osaki's life (photographs, postcards, etc.) Memory, childhood, the thoughts behind the presented face in an Asian American life.

from Solitaire, my favorite little bit:

"We are creatures given to random hope when our
aloneness closes in too suddenly, swinging us off
balance on the hinge of some unnameable grief."

Thanks to the publisher for providing access to the title via Edelweiss. It came out in January!
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Mark S. Osaki was born in Sacramento, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley as an Alumni Scholar and went on to do graduate work in International Relations and Security Studies.

His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including: The Georgia Review, Carrying the Darkness—The Poetry of the Vietnam War (Avon, Texas Tech University Press), South Carolina Revi
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