A poet , Mitsuye Yamada is the author of Camp Notes and Other Writings. An educator, Mitsuye teaches Asian American Studies at UC Irvine, and has led the way for Asian American feminists. She met Marilyn through her brother, Rev. Michael Yasutake, founder of Interfaith Prisoners of Conscience, and has visited and corresponded with her since the 1980s.
On the CD, Mitsuye reads her poem, "Neutralize!" (below), which she also read at the Bay Area release party for Wild Poppies.
Her collections of poetry, Xxxxxx, can be found at your local book store or on the web at ABE Books or other online booksellers. As an overview of her life as an artist and activist, she published Teaching Human Rights Awareness Through Poetry in 1999.
Mitsuye is profiled in Voices from the Gaps. and the Literary Encyclopedia.
They mean to kill
There is silence silence more silence
Dull smells of dead air in the cell
Willfully bland diet aimed
One human touch allowed
They mean to neutralize me but
© 1996 Mitsuye Yamada
Poems © by the author; compilation © The Freedom Archives