AUTHORHarrison, Tony
CHAPTER TITLEThe Shadow of Hiroshima
BOOK TITLEThe Shadow of Hiroshima and Other Film/Poems
PUBLISHERFaber and Faber Limited

This poem, written by poet Tony Harrison, is the text of a film/poem that was broadcast in the United Kingdom on August 6, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Composed for a celebration of Peace Day in Hiroshima, the poem reflects on the lives of those who perished when the atomic bomb was detonated. Creating a main character, Shadow San, whose physical form is a shadow that was made by a person standing near an object when the atomic bomb exploded, the poem centers on a discussion of the peace doves to be released during the Peace Day celebration. It employs the evocative imagery of the A-Bomb Dome (in Hiroshima, the closest building to the hypocenter of the nuclear bomb that remained standing), the Shinto shrine, and Aioi Bridge (the original target for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima). While the book's introduction does provide some detail about the film and music that were paired with the poem in its original broadcast, it does not indicate how to obtain the film itself.

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