Twin Cities writer and artist, activist and poet, David Mura, will introduce his latest poetry book, “The Last Incantations” (Northwestern University Press) with at reading on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7 p.m., at Subtext: A Bookstore, 165 Western Avenue N., St. Paul, MN 55102.
This will be an intimate reading of poetry and a talk afterwards with audience members in the beautiful Subtext bookstore, located in the lower level of the historic Blair Arcade building.
Mura is an award winning poet, including the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and the National Poetry Contest. It’s been ten years since the publication of Mura’s last book of poetry, Angels for the Burning, and his new collection contains a wide variety of work, from lyric poems to dramatic monologues to performance pieces and a long poem about the sculptor, Isamu Noguchi.
Mura is a long time artist and arts activist in the Twin Cities community. He helped found the Asian American Renaissance, a community based arts organization for the Asian American community. Recently he was active in the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition and wrote editorials critiquing the musical for the Star Tribune and for Opine Season.
“The personal, historical, and artistic are all in dialogue in David Mura’s daring new collection The Last Incantations. In a variety of poetic modes, Mura harmonizes and contrasts multiple voices to form a powerful meditation. Certain poems speak from his experiences as a third-generation Japanese-American and his family’s struggles to prove their “Americanness.”
Others speak from the intersections of our multiracial society—an Asian teenager in love with a Somali Muslim girl; an apostrophe to Richard Pryor; poems about a Palestinian American friend, Abu Ghraib, the hapa sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The result is a sustained multifoliate poetry, bursting with elegance, heartache, and truth. www.davidmura.com