Four Way Books
Bear, Diamonds and Crane
by Claire Kageyama- Ramakrishnan

ISBN-13: 978-1-935536-13-0
paper, 104 pages, $15.95

“In her highly anticipated second poetry collection, Bear, Diamonds and Crane, Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan's distinct voice is familiar and fresh, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous. Recounting a history both shared and deeply personal, this collection spans generations, mourning the inevitable loss of one and welcoming another, while noting the burden that each must carry.”

—Blas Falconer

Bear, Diamonds and Crane, Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan's important, new collection of clipped and disciplined autobiographical lyrics, dramatizes a matrilineal, family lineage from immigration in the nineteen-twenties, through her mother, Nisei generation and on into her own, California, Sansei self—robing and celebrating the mysteries of personal identity as they intertwine with history and culture.”

—Gregory Orr

“The author explores family, love, and loss, particularly among several generations of Japanese Americans, in beautifully distilled little gems that explore the very limits of poetry—and of life: 'Maybe you'll agree that when you filter,/ you translate. You filter and you lose.'”

—From the Best Poetry Books of 2011 List from Library Journal