Contemporary Japanese poetry and essays on the first nuclear disaster of the 21st Century.
“USABookNews.com, the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 USA BEST BOOKS AWARDS on November 16, 2015. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013-2015.” (USABookNews.com) Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out was awarded as a finalist in the Social Change category.
“Poetry may not be capable, in the literal sense, of cleansing Japan and the world of radioactive particles released into the atmosphere, groundwater, soil and seawater from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. But poetry can cleanse the insensitive atmosphere of perception, the upturned ocean of sorrow, the groundwater of despair. And the poems in this anthology most certainly provide a means to experience something that, hopefully, we will never have to experience. Each poem here provides language as a living response, examples of a consciousness turned toward extremity, and ultimately a primal commitment to the art of witness.”
—DAVID BIESPIEL, author of The Book of Men and Women
“Here, finally reaching our shore, the first wave of poems out of Fukushima: disaster in the first-person, no longer paraphrased, managed, or supposed. These are the voices that bring the experience closer than journalism ever could, that ask us to plant ourselves in the path of contamination, fear, betrayal. Our losses become all too real….”
—KATHLEEN FLENNIKEN, author of Plume
“Sometimes a poet can grasp the human significance of a technological failure better than a scientist. We are fortunate to have these poetic voices from Japan collected here. May we hear them and, more importantly, may we heed them.”
—JOHN PEARSON, MD, Immediate Past President,
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Oregon Poetry Association‘s Ruthy Kanagy reviewed Reverberations from Fukushima, contemporary Japanese poetry and essays on the first nuclear disaster of the 21st Century at www.OregonPoets.org. An excerpt from from her review is below:
Kudos to the editors – Leah Stenson of Portland and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi of Tokyo – for selecting and editing these fifty poems and bringing Reverberations from Fukushima to life. The collection more than meets their goal to “open the eyes of the American public to the dangers inherent in uranium-based nuclear power” and “enhance Americans’ knowledge of contemporary Japanese poetry.”
To read the full review, please visit the OregonPoets.org website.
Fairewinds Energy Education‘s Maggie Gundersen also reviewed Reverberations from Fukishima. Here is an excerpt from her review:
This beautiful book of poetry opens with an explanation about the use of atomic power and the unfolding disaster of the triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. It is an amazing collection of 50 poems in English followed by a separate section with the poems in the original Japanese. These are rich evocative poems, which is why we decided to feature this book now while Fairewinds chief engineer Arnie Gundersen is in Japan and traveling in the Prefecture (State) of Fukushima. Ms. Stenson’s experience of traveling through the exclusion zone with her husband and the poet Masayki Nemoto, who is now a nuclear refugee, echoes what Arnie is now witnessing first-hand in Fukushima Prefecture.
To read the full review, please visit the Fairewinds Energy Education website here.