Kazuko Shiraishi

(1931 / Canada)

Biography of Kazuko Shiraishi

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 the world.

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Yellow Lake

There you can fish tasteful fish
come up on the table but
the lake is yellow and doesn't show its depths
the Indians living by the lake
don't show their depths either
whether fish live in their eyes
or tasteful spirits are singing boiling their hatreds
the depths of their eyes are dark and I can't see anything
by the yellow lake

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