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Drawings and artwork

Assorted drawings by Lawrence Matsuda In a quest to explore other artistic mediums, Lawrence took a drawing class and these are his creations.  * * * “Charcoal Balloons”  * * * “Self Portrait”  * * * “Karen at Whidbey Island picking flowers”  * * * “Sleeping Marilyn (ink stepping)”  * * * [...]


Published Works

Man From White River

Man From White River Celebrated poet, Larry Matsuda has been commissioned to write a poem about Gordon Hirabayashi as a companion piece to the Roger Shimomura mural at the building’s entry. A plaque engraved with the poem, “Man From White River,” will be installed at the center of a tryptic of plaques. On either of side of the poem will [...]




Poetry

Boogie-Woogie Crisscross

Cover art by Matt Sasaki These poems developed via e-mails exchanged between Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda over a number of years. The resulting collaboration is a poetry jam session where they trade and borrow images, and run riffs on each other’s poems in a responsive, competitive, and lighthearted way. At the start of each [...]



Poetry

A Cold Wind From Idaho

Cover art by Roger ShimomuraPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, resulting in a cataclysmic series of events affecting all persons of Japanese ancestry then residing on the West Coast of the United States. So calamitous were these actions that a noted scholar asserted that this action [...]


Poetry

Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner

“Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner” is a collaboration between Lawrence Matsuda (poet) and Roger Shimomura (internationally known artist) inspired by the Japanese American experience including the World War II forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. Shimomura was a youngster in the camps and Matsuda was born [...]