New poetry book raises funds for relief efforts
march and after
– poems from tsunami country –
march and after – poems from tsunami country – chronicles life in Japan following the 3.11 earthquake. From the terror of hourly aftershocks and scenes of hardened yakuza fleeing Tokyo, Jon Mitchell takes the reader through Tohoku’s devastation to the 400-year old shrine once believed to prevent such catastrophes.
Among this untold destruction, these poems also explore a side to the disaster rarely seen. As radiation scares and rolling black-outs buffeted the nation, a remarkable sense of solidarity emerged that propelled tens of thousands of ordinary people to volunteer in the heart of the hardest-hit areas.
Without a doubt, the March 11th earthquake was one of the worst moments in Japanese history. But, as the poems in march and after show, it was also a time that brought out the very best in many people.
Read a review of the book in the Japan Times here.