I seem to have been hurt, but I did not know at the time what hurt me and how I was hurt.

a student from Fukushima



An art producer, Chiaki Soma, says that the student, who met with the earthquake on the day of his junior high school graduation ceremony, said like this in a workshop held in Tohoku District. And Soma wrote "A Declaration of Defeat," disgusted with words such as "Hold on," "We won't forget," which forced people to move on. He also says that on the other hand, it became a chance for him to positively accept his hurt feelings again. From a tripartite talk with a poet, Ryoichi Wago, and a folklorist, Norio Akasaka ("Contemporary Poem Handbook" March issue).


"March 12  2019

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