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Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:01 am

manzanar poem #2

 manzanar poem #2

we’ve been fortunate these
many years to have yosh golden
in our midst writing about the
american concentration camp
where she was born also talking
to schools of this shameful and
unpublicized part of our history
now we’ve been blessed by the
skills and sensitivity of kazuko
her daughter who has produced
a prize-winning film on manzanar
it was shown here last week along
with two others that seemed made
in concert but the three young
artists didn’t know of each other
the first film is on the grief of the
forced evacuation then kaz’s on
life behind barbed wire the third
a family returning to its ravaged
home to start anew in the land
that betrayed them all three focus
on the human we trust this film
triad will eventually be available
to our middle schools high schools
colleges we all should see them in
this tenseful time when we live with
heightened hate shoving sufferers
from our shores building walls
watch towers deporting dreamers
we must act before we lose what is
left of our humanity thank you kaz:
you filmsters give us zeal and hope

©2017 Jacqueline Jackson

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