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When We Say 'Hiroshima': Selected Poems
Kurihara Sadako is one of the poetic giants of the nuclear age. Born in Hiroshima, she was there on the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Since then, she has focused her poetry primarily on the issue of nuclear destruction. She has become the poetic conscience of the Hiroshima that is no more.When We Say 'Hiroshima' contains a selection of the poems ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 2nd 1999 by U of M Center For Japanese Studies
(first published November 1998)
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This short collection of poetry wrenches the heart, sickens the stomach, and challenges the mind. Haunting, precise, and disturbing, Sadako's imagery - referring as it mostly does to war - is sometimes hard to read. Yet throughout the memory of pain and commentary on corruption she weaves a thread of hope no less powerful for its subtlety. Some of these poems I would call beautiful. Some made bile rise in my throat and my skin itch. All forced me to look the paradox of humanity square in its two ...more
A collection of poems from one of the top Japanese poets to have tackled her experience, and the collective experience of Japan, with the atomic bombs. The poems selected for this book are all some of her best-- poignant, moving, dark, difficult, and even hopeful. I would definitely recommend this collection to everyone.