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“Remember to Wave” makes a splash in Portland

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Poet Kaia Sand is on a mission. In her most recently published book “Remember to Wave” (TinFish Press, 2010), Sand is bringing political history from the Pacific Northwest to light through poetry.

From the Oregonian on March 25, “Concerned with displacement, both physical and temporal, Sand focuses on 60 acres along the Columbia River that now hold the Portland Expo Center. In the early 1940s, the area housed more than 3,000 Japanese Americans bound for internment camps; it was later home to Vanport, which flooded out in 1948.

With help from a Regional Arts & Culture Council grant, Sand spent several years walking the site and conducting research. In “Remember to Wave,” she folds her notes, personal essays and lyric lines between photographs and ephemera, essentially mapping the consequences of displacement.”

Read the interview with Sand from the Oregonian.

Sand’s project was also highlighted in Street Roots, a street paper in Portland, Ore.,  in January in an in-depth article written by Carmel Bentley. In the article Sand says, “I wanted to create a dynamic form for thinking about our local political history and its connections to the present. I wanted to create a participatory experience as well as words on a page.”

Kaia Sand will perform “Remember to Wave: A Poetry Walk” at noon April 10. Hosted by Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Submit Literary Magazine, the walk begins at the Expo Center’s MAX stop (in Portland) and will last about two hours. The walk is free and open to the public. To take part, e-mail sand@thetangentpress.org; for more information, go to pen.org/members/sand

You can purchase a signed first edition of Remember to Wave through Powell’s Books in Portland.

Photo Courtesy of Street Roots/Ken Hawkins.

Posted by Israel Bayer

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Written by lickmypoetry

March 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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