Words for humans to live are born when they are silent and hesitant.

Itsuro Sasaki


The poet grieves that  there is no time when the word has became so light as much as now, while at the same time he pays attention to the fact that there are some poets who fell into a state of aphasia due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and had no choice but to initialize their own poetic words and techniques. And he realizes that such words that were weaved from "the viewpoint that had not been given without the great earthquake though they were far from the earthquake" do exist. From an essay, "Today of Poems Today of Words" ("October issue of "Bousei")


October 4,  2018

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun