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The mask has become emblematic of the 2020 pandemic. It is also an important symbol of Japanese classical culture and tradition, a central motif of Noh Theatre as well as Kabuki. For Terry Watada, the mask not only conceals but reveals hidden truths of the bearer. It is with this mind that he wrote the poems for THE MASK. With a deep sense of grief, tragic loss and injury, and love and respect for family history, he expresses the isolation of the times, the vagaries of old age, and the mysteries of the mystical. The themes of immigrant realities, racism and elusive identity in Canadian society are embedded in the poems which utilize vivid imagery, minimal or untethered punctuation, and colourful use of language. All come together to express the reality of his life.
Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies.
Terry Watada is a well-published writer living in Toronto. He has three novels, five poetry books (two with Mawenzi House), and a short story collection in print. His fourth novel, Hiroshima Bomb Money (NeWest Press) is set for release in 2024. His new play, Sakura: the Last Cherry Blossom Festival, will premiere in the summer of 2024 during the Lighthouse Summer Theatre Festival, Port Dover, Ontario. Above all else, he considers himself a poet.