Ai Ogawa (commonly referenced as "Ai") is a great American poet. Born on October 21, 1947, she has won numerous awards, such as The National Book Award. Born under the name Florence Anthony, she was born in Albany, Texas. She has many nationalities, such as American, Japanese, and African. She considered herself simply a writer, with no particular views. Her name means love in Japanese.
Ali Ogawa: Poems was published in 2013 by W. W. Norton. The book encompasses some of her best works over a 30-year period. It demonstrates how great her monologue was, and her ability to inhabit the persona of any individual. Published just three years after her death, it was a basically a plaque in her honor.
Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, this is the first ever complete edition of Ai's work.
Ai Ogawa's works were often short, but they were powerful and packed with meaning. She often wrote about her own life and the struggles she faced with her multiple identities. Her poems were full of life and energy, and her words were often raw and honest. Her work helped open the eyes of many readers and she has often been credited with providing a voice to many minorities. She was a pioneer of sorts, helping to create a bridge between different cultures. Her work also helped to push the boundaries of language, often introducing new words and phrases into the English language. Her words touched the hearts of many and her impact on the literary world is still felt today.