Mariko Nagai

Mariko Nagai is a graduate of the New York University master’s program in creative writing (poetry), where she was the Remarque Fellow. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Yaddo, UNESCO-Aschberg Burssaries for the Arts, Hedgebrook Foundation for Women, among others. Her poems and stories have appeared in literary journals such as Asian Pacific American Journal, the Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review and other journals, and she received Pushcart Prizes both in poetry (1998) and fiction (2001). Currently, she is assistant professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University Japan, where she also directs the undergraduate writing programs.

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Histories of Bodies

Mariko Nagai

Publication Date: March 1, 2007

$16.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-081-0


Sparrows. Migration. Borders. Bodies. Blurring languages and metamorphosizing landscapes. In Histories of Bodies, Mariko Nagai traces the memory of loss, grief, death and family, seeking to define love in its multifaceted manifestations, each definition shifting, taking flight, then landing, only to be exiled out of the origin. From New York to Amsterdam to Boston to Tokyo, each landscape, whether temporal or imaginary, is rendered out of memory, then wrought into unsettling language of sorrow. In these poems, the world is consistently shifting, and what remains, at the end, is temporary migration of a sparrow, suddenly landing, then disappearing into the urban landscape.