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Yoko Danno



From AQUAMARINE


fall from a bell tower


   sirens blare out,
     an ambulance
         with hope
                 &
           oxygen
            bombs
           rushing
             to the
             scene
                of
            her fall 

keep staring
     in her fugitive
                    eyes
          stirring
               like dust 
     over an arid 
                    pathway

if the eyes don’t see
                    you
     as if tightly locked
                         from inside – 

don’t cry your heart out
     but keep staring into her eyes

          till the windows
                         open 

          and the engine starts



Yoko Danno is Japanese, living in Kobe. She writes poetry solely in English. Her poems have appeared in various e-journals, including Otoliths, Pinstripe Fedora, ekleksographia, Shampoo, Praxilla, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Big Bridge (forthcoming in spring, 2012), Pirene’s Fountain (forthcoming in April, 2012), and in Anthologies such as poem, home: ars poetica, Sunrise from Blue Thunder, 4W, etc. Her books of poems include Epitaph for memories (The Bunny and the Crocodile Press, 2002), The Blue Door, a collaboration with James C. Hopkins (The Word Works, 2006), a sleeping tiger dreams of manhattan: poetry, photographs and sound by Danno, Hopkins, and Bernard Stoltz (The Ikuta Press, 2008) and trilogy & Hagoromo: A Celestial Robe (The Ikuta Press, 2010). Her translation, Songs and Stories of the Kojiki, was published by Ahadada Books (Toronto/Tokyo, 2008).
URL: http://www.ikutapress.com/danno3.html
 
 
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