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Japan One Year Later

March 2012

This collection, originally featured in the March 2012 issue of Words Without Borders, presents poetry commemorating the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Japan, One Year Later
By Susan Harris
On March 11, 2011, the Tōhoku region of northeastern Japan was rocked by a violent earthquake and tsunami that triggered an accident at a nuclear power plant. We mark the anniversary with…
Do Not Tremble
By Toshiko Hirata
I did not know that the earth / Is an unruly cradle
Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles
Noisy Animal
By Sayaka Ohsaki
Noisy animals can see Kafka’s castle in the valleys of the Musashino plain
Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles