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Hiroshima is for Lovers; Shrine Island; Hiroshima Crosshatch; Shinjuku Prince Hotel

posted on 2021-12-01, 00:00 authored by Cassandra AthertonCassandra Atherton
Hiroshima is for Lovers; Shrine Island; Hiroshima Crosshatch; Shinjuku Prince Hotel



Best Asian Poetry Anthology


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Research statement

Hibakusha Keiko Ogura argued that in lobbying for a nuclear free world, ‘Imagination is key’ (Atomic Bomb Testimonies 2015 n.p.). By this, she clarified, she believes writers, artists and poets most successfully encourage empathy in their readers. John Whittier Treat in Writing Ground Zero, identifies the way in which the reader of atomic bomb literature is asked to ‘cooperat[e] in a special relationship’ (32) with the writer. It is a relationship, Edward A. Dougherty argues, is mediated by the imagination: It is Imagination, that elusive intelligence, which helps those of us who didn’t have to experience such extremity firsthand to remember the future. Imagination is necessary, therefore, not only to listen to their testimony but to understand our own role in history, our force in culture, and our duty both to the dead and to the living. (Dougherty, 2) This underscores Ogura’s identification of the power of imagination in the abolition of nuclear weapons. My prose poems on Hiroshima, which were selected for the eminent publication, Best Asian Poetry, 2021, lobby for nuclear disarmament in their portrayal of Hiroshima and themes of rupture and unrest. They respond to Ogura, Treat and Dougherty's commentary on imagination being key to communicating the horrors of atomic warfare to readerships. These poems also form part of my project on Hiroshima Maidens funded by the Australia Council.

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JO4 Original Creative Works – Other

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