DelSheree Gladden in Conversation with Mary Oishi

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Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emeritus Mary OishiTune in to KSJE Radio (on-air and streaming) Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30 am. USA Today Bestselling Author DelSheree Gladden will be interviewing Mary Oishi, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emeritus, about her new book of poems, Sidewalk Cruiseship.

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Sidewalk Crusieship draws on Oishi’s remarkable ability to illustrate the world around her and the people in it. Separated into eleven short sections by traditional Japanese tankas, the poems in Oishi’s newest collection take on the macro and the micro. They respond to the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the contentious political climate as they draw readers in to witness intimate moments of people and scenes within Oishi’s beloved city of Albuquerque. The poems explore such themes as mental illness, the joys and sorrows of motherhood, what it is to be a woman in the world, and aging and death. Readers will come away with a better sense of Albuquerque and its inhabitants and will get an intimate look at one of its most passionate citizens—a Japanese American longtime justice activist and mentor for queer youth who embraces the best and worst Albuquerque has to offer. Throughout it all, she reminds us that the best response we can offer is love, even in the face of adversity.