Poet’s search for grace, justice amid historic and current anti-Asian hate
In this installment of Shin Yu Pai’s Lyric World series, poet Brian Komei Dempster reads from his collections Topaz and Seize. His work considers what it is to be "othered" in America, historically and personally. The backdrops are the legacy of the Japanese internment camp era, the impact of anti-Asian bigotry, and the experience of raising a child with a disability.
Komei Dempster is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement.
Curated by Seattle-based poet Shin Yu Pai, Lyric World: Conversations with Contemporary Poets explores streams and tributaries of modern poetry, in readings and discussion. The series takes us into how poems come to be, how they find, inspire, and inform us, and how they provoke deeper conversations about the human experience.