30 August 2010

Tuesday poem: 'Soon, The Nobody' by Emma Barnes

This poem is about the citizenship-less children of Zainichi Koreans
who have been living in Japan, tenuously and permanently, since the
Japanese occupation of Korea.

I find this poem really haunting. I think it's good to read it without knowing what it's about, and then good to read it again after reading the note. Well, that's what I did when I first read it in Landfall.

Emma Barnes lives and writes in Aro Valley, Wellington. She launched the first issue of her new literary magazine Enamel in early 2009, another issue was released in June. She's had poetry published in JAAM, Landfall, Catalyst and Best New Zealand Poems 2008, among other places.

Also, if you happen to be near Palmerston North this Wednesday, you can go see (and hear) her read at Stand Up Poetry at the library. All the details are here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129034570476304&index=1.

And more Tuesday Poems can be found, for your delectation, at the Tuesday Poem blog: http://tuesdaypoem.blogspot.com/.


AJ Ponder said...

I love it. It's a very gut poem, almost circular as it comes back to the same problem again and again and can't get past it. Very moving. Thankyou for posting it.

M40 said...

I love this too, especially: 'He is a better person for not existing, in his words'. Thanks Helen and Emma for sharing this moving poem. Wish I could make it to the reading!

Emma said...

Thanks everyone! And thanks Helen for posting this poem!