First Ed; First Printing indicated. Shows former owner's gift inscription at the front flyleaf. Else, Very Near Fine in Fine DJ: Book shows just a hint of shelf rubbing; else flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ flawless; price unclipped; mylar-protected. As New. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 107pp. Hardback with DJ. The powerful poems of Mura's impressive second collection possess a brutality beneath the sweetness of their language. In his first book, Mura explored cultural, social, and political issues with an objective eye; here he turns the focus inward and expertly examines the boundaries of his identity as a sexual Japanese man. Race and eroticism twine around each other in many poems, and Mura refuses to shy away from the shadowy parts of himself. He elegantly confesses his experiences inside an X-rated film booth and of "touching himself" so much when he was 12 that his father asked him to read a medical pamphlet about it. In the longest sequence here, "The Affair, " he presents a wrenching adultery involving an Asian American man and a married Caucasian woman; Mura plunges beneath the surface of mere betrayal to comment on race, identity, sex, and pain. Intelligent and passionate, Mura bares his soul and amazes his readers with the beauty and darkness in his work.
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