Daryl Muranaka

About Hanami

Poems 1992 - 2007

Aldrich Press, 2015 

Hanami is my first full-length collection and contains poems from the earliest part of my career through my time in Japan on the JET Program and my settling in Massachusetts and meeting my wife and pretty much everything in between. These are the poems of my years wandering from place to place, the explorations of the unsettled man.

Poems online from Hanami:

About Leading the Beast Home

Poems 2014-2017

Prolific Press, 2018

Leading the Beast Home  is my second chapbook.

From the Proflic Press website:

Before “settling down with a job and family,” Daryl Muranaka spent nearly ten years wandering around the world, learning from the cultures and peoples he encountered while contemplating the promise of America, the meaning of being an American. In Leading the Beast Home, he reflects on those revelations, springs forth with labored epiphanies, hauls up from guttural places those ideas and lessons birthed from the soil of his adventures. He examines his own life by both exploring and defying the American stereotypes he embodies, never taking for granted the luck and occasional second and third chances he’s received.

Poems online from LtBH:

  • Suburbia (Eunioa Review)
  • Mikoshi Dako (By & By Poetry)
  • Auntie's Laugh (Spry Literary Review)

About The Minstrel of Belmont

Poems 2014

Finishing Line Press, 2015 

The Minstrel of Belmont was released in2015.  All poems in this chapbook were written during two poetry challenges during summer 2014, the 2014 Poetry Month sponsored by the Ridgeline Literary Alliance, and 30/30 Challenge by the Tupelo Press.  This collection features aikido, fatherhood, and Jewpanese poems.

A poem from The Minstrel of Belmont online:"Random Associations" (The Gambler Magazine)