Kazuko Shiraishi

(1931 / Canada)

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Kazuko Shiraishi (白石 かずこ Shiraishi Kazuko?, born 1931) is a Japanese poet and translator who was born in Vancouver, Canada. She is a modernist, outsider poet who got her start in Katsue Kitazono's "VOU" poetry group, which led Shiraishi to publish her first book of poems in 1951. She read some of her poems at jazz performances. She has appeared at readings and literary festivals all over... more »

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  • Doren Robbins Doren Robbins (2/18/2005 1:44:00 AM)

    Her connection to the world and the cosmos, her compassion, is implicit to mystical thinking. This is clearly evidenced in her recent poems 'The Afternoon of the Sheep' and 'The Wild Pigs of Kalimantan' from her new collection Let Those Who Appear. This compassion is present in the later poem especially when, after recounting the terror of the wild pigs caught in a forest fire caused by humans, she feels the helpless tragedy of their experience:
    The wild pigs are walking this way crashing through
    My notebook plunging their burnt
    Black hooves of grains into my heart. (9)

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Best Poem of Kazuko Shiraishi

The Man With Fire In His Eyes

There is fire in his eyes
When he stares at me intently I become hot
A cold heart and a chilled stomach
Get warm
He has the African sun in his eyes
A man who has the pride of the Zulu royal family
The meat he roasted for me
In the oven in his kitchen in between revolutions
Was delicious
In the living room his one year old twins Ra and Re
Were taking turns crying
His eyes of fire gently soothing the children
Sing a lullaby
There was a moment the warm
Earth was warmed to the core and became happy
In the living...

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