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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one day suddenly it happens
the sea calm till now stirs
the moment whitecaps rise the wind stands up
just like an invisible transparent rock-cliff
clinging to the belly of the rock-mountain the white houses
the olives the windows the doors
abruptly it slaps them the inside of the house too
the laundry outside too blows it away
even the stones of the rock-mountain it smashes chisels

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