Last month, a small uproar ensued when a white writer from Indiana was selected for inclusion in Simon & Schuster’s Best American Poetry 2015 anthology.
Poet Michael Derrick Hudson had written the poem under the pen name Yi-Fen Chou.
Now a few poets have taken the issue as an opportunity to focus attention on real Asian authors, who have often been excluded from the US contemporary canon.
On Oct 8, website Literary Hub released a list of notable Asian and Asian-American poets nominated by 35 contemporary poets.
Hongo’s poems were the welding of story and words and writing all at once.