AUTHORKurihara, Sadako
TITLEBlack Eggs
PUBLISHERThe University of Michigan
CITYAnn Arbor, MI

This anthology of poems by Japanese poet Sadako Kurihara mourns the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and protests the actions of the Japanese government during World War II, while pleading for peace and affirming the human spirit. The poet was in her mid-twenties in Japan at the time of the war. The anthology contains many poems about the war and Hiroshima that were originally censored when publication finally became possible, as well as poems from Kurihara's later life. The earlier works are tanka and free verse, while the later ones are all free verse. Those later poems refuse to allow Hiroshima's fate to be forgotten, and protest government actions in numerous countries: the war in Vietnam, nuclear testing in the Soviet Union and the United States, and many incidents in Japan. A lengthy introduction by the translator, Richard Minear, presents a biography of Kurihara; describes her work and ideas; and discusses the poetry forms, the texts themselves, and the censorship some of them endured. The translator is a specialist on Japanese intellectual history and the Pacific theater of World War II.

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