Topaz by Brian Komei Dempster is the winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry.
Brian Komei Dempster
Topaz, Brian Komei Dempster’s debut poetry collection, examines the experiences of a Japanese American family separated and incarcerated in American World War II prison camps. This volume delves into the lasting intergenerational impact of imprisonment and breaks a cultural legacy of silence. Through the fractured lenses of past and present, personal and collective, the speaker seeks to piece together the facets of his own identity and to shed light on a buried history.
From “Temple Bell Lesson“:
“Son, I am weighted. / You are light. / Our ancestors imprisoned, / outcast / in sand, swinging / between scorching air / and the insult / of blizzards.”
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