Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Great Regulars: At the heart of [Garrett] Hongo's poems

are his West Coast, Hawaiian and Japanese American experiences, including his family's history in the detention camps of Word War II. Hongo is not a poetry stylist. Instead, he's an accumulator of experiences, which is a hallmark of the Portland School.

Given his longevity in the state, Hongo is surely the first poet of this contemporary wave of the Portland School, an established figurehead, a beloved teacher for his cantankerous passions and literary knowledge. Here is his well-known poem, "The Legend."

The Legend

from David Biespiel: The Oregonian: And now, time for the Portland School of Poets


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