We are thrilled that the wonderful Katrina Naomi has asked us to publish the poems that came out of her recent Arts Council supported writing trip to Japan. And a wonderful group of poems they are, that at once depict Japan, its traditions, its customs with great enthusiasm and some puzzlement. Katrina doesn’t pretend she is an expert but prods and questions not only what she finds but also herself.
Also included are Katrina’s translations of Haiku by two Japanese masters, which have previously been published in Modern Poetry in Translation magazine. Altogether, this is Katrina trying something new, but with the quality, the wonderful way with words, the earnest grappling with the perceived world that characterises all her work.
Katrina appeared at our very first Verve in 2017, performing wonderfully and running a workshop. As you can see, she also went on to publish the pamphlet, Typhoon Etiqeutte, with Verve Poetry Press two years later! Needless to say, we are MASSIVE fans!
Date: 18th April 2019
Extent: 32 pp