In celebration of National Poetry Month and our theme on Fearless Females and Courageous Women, I thought of sharing a poem from Japanese Women Poets: An Anthology, translated by Hiroaki Sato.
Today’s featured poet is Ōba Minako. She was a member of the Japanese Academy of Arts and won most of the major literary prizes in Japan for her stories and novels. She published just one book of poems, Sabita Kotoba (Rusted Words), in 1971. I chose her poem below because of the imagery and portrayal of things that can never be.
Many thanks to Laura Purdie Salas of Writing the World for Kids
for hosting the Poetry Friday round-up!