A collection of poems that address jazz music, the Sand Creek Massacre, the internment of Japanese Americans, and other subjects.
1994 American Book Award Winner
1994 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry Finalist
“Legends from Camp is a masterwork of American poetry. A poet-musician in the tradition of Walt Whitman and James A. Wright, Inada plays the music of the continent itself: the song of the Rogue River pines and the song of the humble bunchgrass become Buddhist prayer. Inada celebrates be-bop and jazz; he sings songs and laments from history, the Sand Creek Massacre and the imprisonment of American Japanese families only fifty years ago. Inada’s ear for the musicality of English is unsurpassed; Legends from Camp is a veritable symphony you must not miss!” —Leslie Marmon Silko