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Topaz
Brian Komei Dempster



Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2013 • 110 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - Asian American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-33-8



Topaz explores the immediate and lingering effects of WWII prison camps on Japanese American families and on future generations

Topaz examines the experiences of a Japanese American family separated and incarcerated in World War II prison camps and considers how this incarceration affected the family. Moreover, this collection delves into the lasting impact of this imprisonment on future generations. The speaker of these poems seeks to understand his identity—as son, father, and husband—as it intertwines with the past and present.

Reviews / Endorsements



“In a voice thickened with stoical regret…Dempster writes a poetry like no other’s.”—Garrett Hongo

“This is a truly eye-opening debut by a promising poet.” —J. Allyn Rosser



BRIAN KOMEI DEMPSTER is also the editor of two anthologies. He teaches at the University of San Francisco.



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