Poems

DAO STROM Traveler's Ode

i’ve
memorized

every
promise

that was

gave
on that
night

we were
told

we’d have
to go     &

had better
learn

to

travel
light

across
a                   sea

that would
disappear

once
we’d reached
its

other

shore
                                &
there
we’d

wear

our hearts
inside

no longer
easy
for us

to find

for we

could not
yet be

beings

of
light
      &                                
we

were
no longer

men

like
the ones
who
walked

before

innocent

of
wrong        or right

Father oh
now i know

why
you

moved
so
far away

But your
poor mother
she

waited

for 
your
return

till her
last

day

Dao Strom¬†is a writer, artist, and musician whose work explores hybridity through melding disparate ‚Äúvoices‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒwritten, sung, visual‚ÄĒto contemplate the intersection of¬†personal and collective histories. She is the author of a bilingual poetry/art book,¬†You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else¬†(Ajar Press, 2018), an¬†experimental memoir,¬†We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People¬†+ music album¬†East/West¬†(2015), and two books of fiction. Her work has received support from the Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Precipice Fund, Regional Arts &¬†Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, and others. She is the editor of¬†diaCRITICS¬†and co-founder of the collective art project She Who Has No Master(s).¬†www.daostrom.com

Roland Dahwen¬†is a filmmaker whose work explores migration, race and memory. He is a recipient of the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship (2018) and an artist-in-residence in Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Creative Exchange Lab (2018). He is the founder of¬†Patu√° Films. His first feature film is forthcoming in 2019.¬†www.patuafilms.com

Video Credits
Director: Roland Dahwen
Director of Photography: Edward P. Davee
Sound Recording: sidony o’neal
Mixing: Dao Strom & Jim Han
Mastering: Timothy Stollenwerk / Stereophonic Mastering

Special thanks to Kyle Macdonald
Filmed at Satsop Power Plant (Elma, WA), August 2018