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That's really right--I agree with you--I mean that my project is adapted from the details of news and stories about Japanese earthquake survivors; however, my poetic delivery is sort of missing. My biggest concern was how well I could translate those reported experiences into poetry material.

My process of writing poetry is that I observe the facts, translate it into English, and add those themes to fictional accounts in poems. The images are always based on my favorite things-- flowers, music, and family dramas. But the poetry is still news in the shape of poetry because I am adapting the narrative of news about 70% of the time.

For my next twenty-some poems, I will focus more on my artistic choices. Of course, I will edit the last nineteen poems. They are my very first drafts, so they will definitely change. I kind of surprised myself in keeping the first drafts in this blog, but please enjoy them. Next time you see them, they will be more polished. I promise.

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Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collections, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” and “Cochlea”, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in May, 2017. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry co…