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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Sea, Land, Shadow

Sea, land, shadow, Iwanuma
the tsunami tsunami came
in silence it came
in silence it left
this is Iwanuma

what I saw
what I met was
beyond those people, those endearing people's

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