In Angels for the Burning, David Mura examines the experience of contemporary Asian Americans and the various aspects of familial history between first, second, and third-generation Japanese Americans. Mura believes that one of poetry's tasks is to explore the challenges to our identities as we encounter various "others" and other visions of ourselves and our world. Angels for the Burning attempts this task.
Just after his release Mas took a psychological test.
Three questions he never forgot: Do you think
people are out to get you? Do you feel you are
being followed? When you see a crowd of strangers
walking toward you, do you try to avoid them?
To all three he answered yes.
And knew he sounded insane.