La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living

Jennifer S. Hasegawa

La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living

Jennifer S. Hasegawa

Distributed for Omnidawn Publishing, Inc.

88 pages | 1 halftone | 6 x 9
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781632430786 Will Publish March 2020
From the small towns strung along the coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i to the land-locked landscapes of Paraguay to the volcanic surface of Venus, this collection of poetry is a field guide to flora, fauna, and mineralia encountered, real, and imagined. Jennifer S. Hasegawa scans across physical and mental planes to reveal their inhabitants. Packed tightly into exploratory rocket segments, these poems ignite our gravest flaws to send our grandest potentials into orbit.

 Hasegawa’s poems not only rearrange our ways of seeing the world, but they also reset the language we use in it. Banzai, with a literal translation of “10,000 years,” was used by the Japanese as a rallying cry in imperialistic and militaristic contexts. Today, the understanding of this word has shifted to a comparatively neutral translation of the enthusiastic expression “Hurrah!” in both in Japan and beyond. In La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living, Hasegawa aims to reclaim banzai, recasting the language of war and unwavering loyalty and forming it into one that stands against aggression and racism and embraces tolerance and self-acceptance. Here banzai becomes a rallying cry not of war but of grand potential. La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living chronicles a celebratory life and poetry filled with wonder.
 
Contents
Propulsion Kingdom 5 Rockets with Rear-View Mirrors 6 21st Century Travel 8 To Anyone Who Can’t Get Home 10 Two-Minute Memoir 12 Villanelle on Los Angeles 1992 14 Carrying an M16 in the Garden of Eden 15 18 Minutes 16 This Love Like a Rock 18 The List of
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