Oxford University Press, . A sequence of nationalist ideologies appeared in this space—in 19 th century Bengal, and eventually through the institution of state-nationalisms of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. You are the otochan and okachan of us now. Rather than defend himself by critiquing Chin's division of politics and literature, Ching surprisingly endorses it, apologizing for the poor quality of the writing in Bridge and adopting Chin's rhetoric of the "professional" writer: The features must be Japanese. Two trends are notable in the further historical career of nationalist poetry.
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But what is this "language" that Third World writers are to speak? Like Allen Ginsberg, whose most spontaneous work required the maximum amount of technological intervention, Asian American writers needed to draw on a wide range of artifices to construct a writing that was somehow distinctively Asian American. Identities have remained stubbornly plural, and attempts to force them into a single stable hierarchy sanctioned by the state failed. Usually a kathak programme is constructed so that it progresses in tempo from a slow beginning, including invocations and ritual greetings, to an extremely dramatic and fast ending. Poems in this style reflect on a bygone time, person or place regardless of the format in which they are written. This may, perhaps, be Mirikitani's attempt to render a "Third World" consciousness. Social peace in the existing states of South Asia depends on practices of everyday life drawn from pre-modern times to a much greater degree than we ordinarily admit.
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Imagist An early 20th-century poetic movement that relied on the resonance of concrete images drawn in precise, colloquial language rather than traditional poetic diction and meter. In fact, the form and sensibility are quite close to what Mirikitani describes as emerging from the haiku. The devotional attitude towards Shakti—though intense—had nothing to do with a sense of space, territory, human inhabitance—not to speak of any form of political belonging. In what sense can Asian American poets be said to form an avant-garde? It always published poems, but its commitment to literature gradually increased; by it was publishing a pull-out insert called "Poetry: I watch the long road of the River of Stars. I readily concede that much of Bridge can be dull and uninspiring.
What was important in this wave of poetic composition was not the quality of the poetry, but the ubiquity of the sentiment. This was the time when the genres of poetry were largely developed. I have an identity-function —a capacity to select, emphasize and mobilize into appropriate social acts the congeries of attributes that I possess at any point in time. In his words political refugees become migrating chameleons. The editorial that opens the first issue gives what would become a standard argument for the need to construct an Asian American culture, centered around negative stereotypes of Asians in America:.