AUTHORKurihara, Sadako
TITLEWhen We Say Hiroshima
PUBLISHERUniversity of Michigan
CITYAnn Arbor, MI

This book features selected poems of Kurihara Sadako, who experienced the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Her poems in the book range in length, tone, and point of view, but all focus on some aspect of the destruction of Hiroshima by the atomic bomb. The poems reflect the abstract disorder of the experience of ground zero. Thematically, the author demonizes the bomb, but also shows that the Japanese were not only “victims”, but also guilty of human atrocities at Nanking and Bataan. Especially provocative poems include “Out of the Stone” and “The Hiroshima No One Serenades”. Overall, the collection is a profound poetic expression of the impact of an atomic explosion on civilization.

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