Garrett Hongo Poems

Garrett Hongo is a Japanese American poet who has also worked as a memoirist and editor. He was born in Hawai’i in 1951 and earned his BA from Pomona College. His collection, The River of Heaven, which he published in 1988, received the Lamont Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. 

The Legend

by Garrett Hongo

‘The Legend’ by Garrett Hongo speaks on themes of alienation and the struggle of immigrants within the United States. It focuses on the symbolic death of an older, Asian man in Chicago.

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