Monday, July 3, 2017

Fallout --by Kyoko Mori

Nonfiction / Poetry  

96 pages
5 Stars

Before I was 2/3 of the way through, I'd ordered a copy of this book for my sister. I considered lending her mine, but was afraid I'd not get it back before I wanted to read it again.

The poems are divided into four sections—Family Pictures, In an American Landscape, Every Woman, and Returning to the Land of Gold. Like Zen, the poems are simple, and elegant, and will both cause and allow you to think on them long after you put the book down.

Ms. Mori writes about her time growing up in Japan, about her time in the US, and about going back home to visit. I can't tell you which are my favorites unless I listed about half the contents. But I can tell you the last poem, the title poem, Fallout, will haunt me forever for its beauty and its horror and my tears.

A most welcome addition to my bookshelf. It is everything a book of poetry should be.

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