on poetry

September 13, 2020

“[Back when I was writing poetry,] I was surrounded by poetic language, feeling almost stifled as the language became increasingly heavier, stronger and thicker around me. Whatever I did, I came up against language. This time, when I tried writing something with no line divisions, something tightly filled with letters, something that involves clearer passage of time and characters’ actions, I felt that the language, which had become heavy and stiff, suddenly flowed freely.”
Hiromi Itō
(b. September 13, 1955)

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