Archive for January, 2012

Hibakusha: Nagasaki A-bomb survivor and Fukushima high schooler form bond – The Mainichi Daily News

Hibakusha: Nagasaki A-bomb survivor and Fukushima high schooler form bond – The Mainichi Daily News.

Many thanks to Scott Watson for sharing this news story.

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Wind power station planned in place of nuclear plant in Wakayama town – The Mainichi Daily News

Wind power station planned in place of nuclear plant in Wakayama town – The Mainichi Daily News.

Out of the Corner, by Christina Pacosz / Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell.

The Barcelona I have never seen, by Anny Ballardini / On Barcelona

Anny Ballardini

The Barcelona I have never seen
How many masks wear we, and undermasks,
Upon our countenance of soul,
Fernando Pessoa, VIII
A wide expanse of walls:
surrounding thoughts
cool in summer / cold in winter
in those damp dark months
of a Barcelona I have never seen
cracked cups, blurred screens mirroring
wet windowpanes
a row of hanging pictures of departed
stiff on sepia paper, plastically distant ancestors
where their soul? Time stolen
in narrow twisting roads
echoing battering hooves
clatter, noisy rumors, disturbing chatter
to crash you into a claustral charm
no, this is not your Barcelona
maybe a distant Lisboa brought to life by Pessoa
with a restaurant, a walk, a glass of Oporto
and lines and skies, and infinite stars
trapped inside an expanse of walls
cool in summer / cold for all
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Nukeletter 12 of Nukeletters 1 – 14, by Scott Watson, from Sendai, Japan

Nukeletter 12

[Author Nukeletter. damnedest things, the nukes say]

world heritage sites
world horror-tage sites
fifty four nukes and counting.

*****
before death pilgrimage –
for purification –
fifty four nukes.
*****
free trips to Japan.
ancient temples, shrines.
contamination.
*****
jumping Japan –
frying pan to fire –
fifty four nukes.
*****
pure Japanese culture –
cesium, strontium
plutonium ku.
*****
Shinto priests cannot
decontaminate this land –
nuke money here, there.
*****
article 9
renounces war – no more bombs –
radiation okay!

*****

[This scroll-like series of Scott Watson’s Nukeletters, written by the poet, writer, editor and publisher, is presented unedited and in its ongoing entirety here at Word Pond. One Nukeletter will be posted each successive day through the completed set of 14 to date. Beyond that, a Nukeletter will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Scott Watson lives in Sendai, Japan. All rights are  © Scott Watson. Word Pond  is deeply grateful for the author’s permission to share this remarkable series.]

Monsanto Corporation Gets Owned By 11 Yr Old Boy?

Nukeletter 11 of Nukeletters 1 – 14, by Scott Watson, from Sendai, Japan

Nukeletter 11

Coming Home. (Preparing for a trip back to USA.)
give us your
huddled masses
*****
will radiation on my passport break their
machine?
*****
is it okay to bring this
contaminated body into
pure US of A?
*****
I have no gun but am I
a radiation threat?
will tough guy TSA
break my head like
huddled masses poor?
will they shout and scream
“get on your knees!” “get on the floor!”
left leg on red, right hand on orange?
will everything I say be twisted
if I swear to tell the truth
in a nation at lie with itself?
*****
go ahead and frisk me.
be sure to wash after.
sue me later.
*****
Iʼll understand if you donʼt kiss me,
hug me, touch me. this poemʼs
for you.
*****
TOO LATE
warning!
these
words set down by a
man dying may be
contagious.
donʼt read them!
*****
mother scolds a contami-
nated child for pissing in a
contaminated stream.
*****
radioactive
haiku light as air
we breathe

 

[This scroll-like series of Scott Watson’s Nukeletters, written by the poet, writer, editor and publisher, is presented unedited and in its ongoing entirety here at Word Pond. One Nukeletter will be posted each successive day through the completed set of 14 to date. Beyond that, a Nukeletter will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Scott Watson lives in Sendai, Japan. All rights are  © Scott Watson. Word Pond  is deeply grateful for the author’s permission to share this remarkable series.]