Kazuko Shiraishi

(1931 / Canada)

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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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My Tokyo

like the Lord Buddha
almost sitting in this city
I am now being conceived of October's tedium

my dear girlfriend who walks about nude
in a New York loft
hysterically vivaciously
you will again snake around Masuo's neck
and beg for kisses

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