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New Poetry Book

By Lawrence Matsuda For The North American Post

Cover detail (2022, Endicott & Hugh Books, 110 pp.)

Hope you are well. I’ve been largely out of touch living in a COVID cave since 2020. During that time, I got three COVID boosters, painted the house outside/ 80% inside… and finished this book of poetry.

I’m selling a limited number of autographed copies exclusively through Kobo’s in the International District or online. If you want to purchase one, you can go to Kobo in the ID or online. Although un-autographed versions are on Amazon, I chose to support Kobo’s business because it has suffered a number of issues related COVID, supply chain, Anti-Asian hate, and issues generated by an increase in the unhoused in the area.

But the main thing is I hope you and your family are safe and well during these crazy times.

Tess Calls Me a Shape-Shifter

Tess asks, “At night do you run with the wolves
or pack with coyotes?”
Being two fish facing opposite directions,
I swim with King Salmon,
dodge gill nets, sea lions, and fishermen.
Night brothers know my human alter ego
hunts them during the day.
They vow to evade my hooks.
At Point Defiance a 25-pound King grabs my bait.
He sounds and surfaces with a run towards the boat.
My line falls slack. I reel madly and catch up.
He circles. I recognize his large adipose fin
and drop the net as he turns into it.
I roll him in and pull the hooks.
His eyes are not dead.
“Swim away brother,” I say and lift him free.
That night we meet again near the Puyallup River.
He speaks of his three-thousand-mile journey
and urges me to remain a fish.
He doubts that I would ever make it home
or find peace as a man, unless I stop fighting WWII.

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The North American Post is a community newspaper that celebrates Japanese culture in the Greater Seattle area. Founded by 1st generation Japanese-Americans in 1902, the publication is one of the oldest minority-owned newspapers in the region. Today, with bilingual articles in English and Japanese, the publication connects readers with diverse cultural backgrounds to Seattle’s Japanese community. Our articles include local news, event calendars, restaurant reviews, Japanese cooking recipes, community interviews, and more.