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Contributions by Yuko Adachi:

“The Horse of Higashi-Matsushima”

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Collaborators’ Q&A Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about Japan’s earthquake and tsunami? Poet Hugh Martin: The piece of artwork is a small, yet beautiful and important reminder that we need to keep Japan in our thoughts. I’d already drafted a poem about the picture of the horse, but the piece of art, focusing more on the disaster to the country …

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“How Love Heals”

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Collaborators’ Q&A Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about Japan’s earthquake and tsunami? Poet Deborah Fried-Rubin: Yuko Adachi’s beautiful work automatically conveyed to me an image of one world, both fractured and unified. The lines reaching to circles illustrated trajectories of trauma engaging people across the globe, making the pain of one the pain of many. But the lines can also …

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“Replying to the SubPrefect Zhang”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from this poem? Translator Dawn McGuire: I was completely open to any visual interpretation—but I imagined an artist picking up on the amused serenity of the poet in some way. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Yuko Adachi: Tone, emotions and mood in the poem, which stimulated my choice of materials and color choices. Did the visual artist refract any element of the …

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“The Dry Tortugas”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Molly Fisk: I wasn’t sure—one of the images in it, or a mood. it feels as though Yuko extracted a wateriness from the poem—nothing specifically related to content, but an underlying element. When you begin a piece of visual work (or, if that’s too broad, when you began this piece), is it color, shape, or some other aspect that you …

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