Source B



From “ Resistance to Images of the Internment:  Mitsuye Yamanda’s Camp Notes”

Compiled by Anita Haya Patterson and published by The Society for the Study of Mulit-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)           




Stanza from “Apt C “


The barbed fence

protected us

from wildly twisted

sagebrush. (1-4)




Stanza from “Desert Storm”


Five pairs of hands

in our room

with mess hall

butter knives


newspapers and rags

between the cracks.

but the Idaho dust

persistent and seeping

found us crouched

under the covers.  (11-21)




–       plural hands, singular room

–       butter knives are dull, unlike serrated steak knives

–       personification of dust



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