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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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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