Poetry Marathon 2016, Hour One: The doors on the right will open

Off to a good start. I wrote my first poem of the day while watching a YouTube video of a trip on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, as viewed from the cockpit. You will step out onto the platform into the humid embrace of the summer afternoon You will melt as you melt into the crowd of which [...]

Lunch in Shibuya (a poem)

Remembering an afternoon from 1987 or thereabouts… I never did figure out who that actress was You pointed her out during lunch but I recognized neither the name nor the face I have no memory of it now I may have seen her later on TV If I did, I don’t remember I remember the [...]

Tokyo (A poem)

Sometimes I return to the old stories, in hopes that I might tell them better… I remember feeling that way every time I heard that song swimming in a hazy sea and everything was breaking down That hungry feeling travelled with me from train to train and storm to storm Unexpected complications fell me at [...]

A poem from 1992

I did not write anything yesterday; today is still up for grabs. Meanwhile, I re-discovered a couple (okay, four) poems I wrote in 1992, while I was still living in Tokyo. This particular poem would appear to be concerned with the subway. The girl with the brown teeth and skin condition takes another drag from [...]

On finding a new Ryuichi Sakamoto album on my first visit to a neighborhood record store (a poem)

The August 2nd prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano is to take an item purchased during a trip, then write a poem incorporating that item as an acrostic poem using the name of the city where it was bought. I chose to write about the day [...]

A rainy Tokyo afternoon (a poem)

Today’s prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to write a pantoum—a poem in which the second and fourth lines of one stanza are used as the first and third lines of the following stanza. What do you suppose she’s thinking now? It’s been twenty-three years since [...]

One of Those Small Moments That Come Back As Random Memories (a vignette)

I started out writing this as a poem, but quickly discovered that it needed to take a different form: I remember the smart young woman in the first car of the subway. She usually had a little too much blush, and wore what we referred to as an eggshell skirt* (because of its shape). She was [...]

A poem about two places

The May 30th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to write a couple of ten-line poems—one about a place you loved, and the other about a place you didn't—and then combine them into a single twenty-line poem. I wrote about Tokyo (specifically, Saturdays in Tokyo), [...]