He knows at just the right time of day, the golden
hour when the sun falls on the buildings just right will
make him remember how once again to feel whole,
like how he used to be so long ago. He knows to stare
beyond the tall, shiny buildings and put on his dark
glasses because with just the right mix of shading, his
eyes and spectacles can make the horizon glow in the
same color of Manila smog and sky. This same color
he saw for 16 years in the back window of our father’s
rented house before supper time.
excerpt from poem Frederick forthcoming from “Primates from an Archipelago – Poems” (Rabbit Fool Press, December 2017) by Irene Suico Soriano
If you are anywhere Downtown LA tonight, why not join us for an amazing program of site specific readings and a mini community tour of Little Tokyo! Thrilled to be part of the Little Tokyo Cultural Spine reading series which is part of the stupendous 90×90 program spearheaded by Writ Large Press. I will be accompanied by other writers including Miya Iwataki, Claudia Rodriguez, Mike Sonksen and more. It’s gonna be a unique experience for me and I’m very sure for attendees….check out the format below!
I’ll be reading poems from the SMOG section of my “Primates From An Archipelago” manuscript.
The #90x90LA Little Tokyo Cultural Spine series, part 1 of 4. We invite you to join us for 4 consecutive Wednesdays, July 19–August 9, of site-specific readings and performances in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles—the second oldest neighborhood in L.A. and one of three remaining historic Japantowns in the nation. Come along a short tour of the Little Tokyo Cultural Spine, a pathway highlighting many of our neighborhood’s vibrant historic and cultural sites, and explore 133-years of history, resilience, and self-determination.
The first tour, Intersections, moves from the Old Nishi Buddhist temple to the new Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and ends with intimate booth readings and happy hour at Mitsuru Sushi & Grill, a longtime Japanese American diner and Little Tokyo staple. See the route here:https://drive.google.com/open?id=15l2C6JJBZMIcWECIOamEBBk4zHQ&usp=sharing
Readings and performances by:
Irene Suico Soriano
As we say in Little Tokyo, please take off your shoes. (But don’t really, because we’re walking/moving!)
Co-produced and sponsored in part by:
Little Tokyo Service Center/+LAB
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC
Sustainable Little Tokyo
Tuesday Night Project
Co-curated by traci kato-kiriyama, Alison De La Cruz, Scott Oshima, and Kristin Fukushima.
Check back soon for specific accessibility information. As a short tour, you can either move along the route or meet at the various stops (see route posted above). All sidewalks along the route are ADA accessible, but we may encounter construction areas with narrowed access. There may not be public bathrooms along the route but there are single-stall bathrooms at Mitsuru Sushi & Grill at the end.
Parking: Aiso Parking Lot, 101 Judge John Aiso St. $3 flat rate after 5pm!