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Marisa Monte / Dança da solidão

Judy Chicago, “The Dinner Party,” and women in art / The New Yorker

Judy Chicago, “The Dinner Party,” and women in art : The New Yorker.

Adrienne Rich / What Kind of Times Are These?

Yasuhiko Shigemoto / from “My Haiku of Hiroshima”

In the foreword to poet Yasuhiko Shigemoto’s My Haiku of Hiroshima the late poet and scholar James Kirkup notes that Shigemoto “. . . was one of those who as a schoolboy received the blast of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima . . . yet with courage and endurance he survived . . . and began writing his haiku . . . . The truly remarkable thing about these A-bomb haiku is their vivid appreciation of daily life in Hiroshima. There is reverence, there is sorrowing, there is regret: but there is also a tremendous energy in the poet’s love of life and its simple pleasure. . . . always behind even the blackest images we can feel the poet’s deep sincerity, his conviction that his vision of Hiroshima is a unique one to be shared with all the world in his own plain words” —

The person’s shadow
still on the stone stair
Hiroshima Day

Hiroshima Day,
this earth
is everyone’s dear home!

Yasuhiko Shigemoto

According to Wikipedia sources: “By executive order of President Harry Truman, the U. S. dropped the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima, Japan on Monday, August 6, 1945. Three days later they detonated “Fat Man” over Nagasaki.”

In the midst of winter I finally learned  . . .  there was in me an invincible summer.

~ Albert Camus

k d lang / Constant Craving