Graphic Poetry - "Home, No Home"
Previous Project - "The Pay Phone"
The original poem, "Home, No Home", is available from Educe Press. You may also like my newest poetry chapbook, "Silver Seasons of Heartache", from Glass Lyre Press.
Thank you very much for having me at the 2017 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Notable Recent Alumnus Award, Indiana University South Bend. I was so happy to hear the following words from English professors.
Photo by Diane Passero.
“Naoko Fujimoto’s poems were startling from the beginning. She had an ability to speak autobiographically, while using the starkness of metaphor and ellipses to create jarring narratives that crackled with the music of hard fact. Her poems deliver the pathos of a personal poetry, poems about surviving and adapting to living in the United States, poems about her family back in Japan (including her many poems about the 2011 tsunami, which are devastatingly troubling and beautiful), poems about visual art and music, poems about desire and the nature of futility. …Naoko Fujimoto is a true visionary.”
RHINO poets and editors ended National Poetry month with a bang at The Book Stall on April 29. I read "Silver Seasons of Heartache" in public for the first time along
with "Home No Home". Thank you very much for having me, RHINO.
RHINO editors write poems-on-demand! Order a poem-to-go on any topic of
your choice. RHINO editor-poets will compose a poen for you on the spot
in ild school typewriters for a small donation to the magazine.
4-5 pm Featured reading by RHINO 2017 poets and editors. Copies of the
new issue will also be on sale. Grab some RHINO swag--bookmarks and
buttons and meet the editors and poets of this 40+ award-winning
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…
Glass Lyre Press Bookstore - Right now Buy Any One Title, Get Another at 50% Off! There are wonderful poets such as Allison Joseph, Val Dering Rojas, Raymond Gibson, Lori Desrosiers, and more. Please also enjoy reading my poetry chapbook, "Silver Seasons of Heartache". You may purchase it at Glass Lyre Press Bookstore.
SAVE THE DATE! April 29 Saturday: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with RHINO Reads! and RHINO Writes! at The Book Stall. Order a poem-to-go written on the spot by one of our editors! Listen to readings from featured RHINO 2017 poets Pablo Otavalo, Alix Anne Shaw, Naoko Fujimoto, and more! Grab some RHINO swag, issues for sale, refreshments, and so much more...! 4/29 Sunday, 3-5 pm, The Book Stall, 811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL. — with Angela Narciso Torres, Pablo Otavalo, Nick Tryling, Ann Hudson, Alix Anne Shaw, Gail Goepfert, Naoko Fujimoto and The Book Stall.
"Silver Seasons of Heartache" will be available soon from Amazon and Glass Lyre Press Bookstore. *** In Silver Seasons of Heartache,
Naoko Fujimoto walks a tightrope of language, making her way word by
word across the chasm where hope can fall prey to heartbreak, the maybes
and might‑bes of life transformed into what simply (and complicatedly)
is. She is a poet of heart and humor, of insight and image. In carefully
crafted yet conversational lines, Fujimoto describes the complications
of our modern lives where “enough is never enough,” but where you also
might still be lucky enough to stop and savor the moment when your
“breath is quiet— / waiting to catch the last lightning bug.” —Matthew Thorburn, author of Dear Almost
May 10, 2016 This is an immaculately crafted, emotionally devastating collection. There's so much elegant silence in these poems,but the carry a great deal of genuine heartbreak. The language is deft, the images are forceful and haunting. I cannot recommend this chapbook strongly enough. Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?
September 21, 2016 A beautiful, small collection of poetry that cuts to the heart and head. Crisp style. Sharp language. Some of these poems sat with me for days. Comment|Was this review helpful to you?
August 4, 2016 This is a stunning collection of poetry. Read the first poem "Seventeen Blue".