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Acknowledgments I’d like to thank the editors of the periodicals, anthologies, and other books in which these writings, some in slightly different versions, first appeared: “The Activity of the Poet.” Ohio Review 41 (Summer 1988): 75–­ 92. “America Singing: ­ An Address to the Newly Arrived Peoples.” Parnassus : Poetry in Review 17, no. 1 (1992): 9–­ 20. “Gardens We Have Left: Against Nationalisms in Literature.” Profession (1997): 18–­22. “Garrett Hongo: A Poet’s Notebook.” In The Poet’s Notebook, edited by Stephen Kuusisto, Deborah Tall, and David Weiss, 102–­ 9. New York: Norton, 1995. “Homage to Lost Worlds: Where I Write, Why I Write There.” Rivendell: City of Angels. 2002. “Hope Alive: Writers at the Unconvention.” LA Weekly, September 6–­ 13, 1996, 9–­10. “HR 442: Redress.” In Outside the Law: Narratives on Justice in America, edited by Susan Richards Shreve and Porter Shreve, 82–­ 92. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997. “In the Bamboo Grove: Some Notes on the Poetic Line.” In The Line in Postmodern Poetry, edited by Robert Frank and Henry Sayre, 83–­ 96. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988. “In the Charles Wright Museum.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2011. “Lost in Place: Longing for the Brave New World of L.A.” LA Weekly, August 16–­ 22, 1996, 30–­ 32. “A Man on a Child’s Swing: Contemporary Japanese Poetry.” In The Poetry of Our World: An International Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, edited by Jeffery Paine, 453–­ 57. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. “Ministry: Looking at Kīlauea.” Introduction to Hot Spots: America’s Volcanic Landscapes, by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, i–­ v. Boston: Little, Brown, 1996. “The Mirror Diary.” Georgia Review 58, no. 2, special issue on Poetry and “Poiēsis” (Summer 2004): 458–­ 70. “On Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass.’” Massachusetts Review 33, no. 1 (1992): 81–­84. “R.S. Thomas.” Poetry Pilot (February 1990): 2–­ 5. “Sea and Scholarship: Confessional Narrative in Charles Olson’s ‘Maximus , to himself.’” New England Review and Bread Loaf Quarterly 8, no. 1 (1985): 118–­ 29. “‘Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei’ by David Mura.” Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing 3, no. 2 (1991): 227–­ 29. Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America. Introduction. New York: Anchor/Doubleday, 1995. “Working for DWP.” Plume, May 2015: Featured Selection. http:// Special thanks go to my former graduate students Luke Hollis and Paul Pickering, who helped prepare the manuscript for publication, working long hours for nothing but the gratitude I express here. For their help with bibliographic research, I want to acknowledge Roy Kamada and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach. T.R. Hummer and Kristiana Kahakauwila read and commented on the title essay, which helped me greatly. For time and the solitude to prepare this manuscript, I owe a debt of gratitude to the MacDowell Colony and the Lucas Artists ’ Residencies at Villa Montalvo. I am also grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Oregon for a Creative Arts Fellowship that funded a term’s leave from teaching. ...


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