SAM HAMILL AVOCATIONS

ISBN 13: 9781597092456

AVOCATIONS

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Unending Nora is a love story, though not in the ordinary sense. Having retreated to the streets of the east San Fernando Valley amidst an intense heat wave, Nora Yano, who has lived the first 29 years of her life as a devout Christian and an outcast, strikes up a relationship with a stranger and experiences sexual intimacy for the first time.

When Nora mysteriously disappears, her best and only friends Caroline and Melissa, each with their own lives to consider, must decide what they\u2019re willing to risk to find her. The complications that ensue, along with an unexpected arrival home, set this novel in motion. Beneath the stories of four compelling women, Shigekuni creates in Unending Nora web of ideas concerning the after effects of wartime internment. Fresh out of the camps, a displaced and emotionally scarred generation clustered together to form a community; they even took on a religion in order to adapt to the society that oppressed them. Now their offspring, four young women coming of age in their thirties, must carve their own path.

Unending Nora is a story about finding love through adversity. In an ambitious examination of faith, shame, and desire, Julie Shigekuni takes up where John Okada left off over fifty years ago with his masterpiece No-No Boy—to tell the story of a community ready to mark its place in the larger world.

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About the Author:

Sam Hamill is the author of fourteen volumes of original poetry including Almost Paradise: Selected Poems & Translations; Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995, Gratitude, and Dumb Luck; three collections of essays (including A Poet s Work), and two dozen volumes translated from ancient Greek, Latin, Estonian, Japanese, and Chinese, most recently, Tao Te Ching; The Essential Chuang Tzu; The Poetry of Zen; Narrow Road to the Interior & Other Writings of Basho¯; and Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese. He is editor of The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press; The Erotic Spirit; Selected Poems of Thomas McGrath; (with Bradford Morrow) The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth, and Toward the Distant Islands: Selected Poems of Hayden Carruth. He taught in prisons for fourteen years, in artist-in-residency programs for twenty years, and has worked extensively with battered women and children. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Fund, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, two Washington Governor s Arts Awards, the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing, and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry. He is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and was Editor there from 1972 through 2004. In January, 2003, he founded Poets Against War. He lives with his wife, the painter Gray Foster, in a home he built himself in the cedar woods near Port Townsend, Washington.

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Who can match him for range, passion, and scholarship? What aspect of poetry from Zen aesthetics to political engagement hasn t he pondered in a prose both lucid and serious? Fusing conscience and consciousness, Sam Hamill is our indispensable poet-critic and what he has to say is of utmost importance to all who care about poetry. --Gregory Orr

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