In "Dust," spoken word poet Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre crafts a multi-vocal exploration of the connections between the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the current struggles against xenophobia in general and Islamophobia specifically. Weaving together personal narrative, quotes from multiple voices, and "verse journalism" (a term coined by Gwendolyn Brooks), the poem seeks to bridge past and present in order to inform a more just future.
spoken word poetry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, video, verse journalism
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Tran Myhre, Kyle
"Dust, a spoken word poem by Guante,"
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