Yūki NAGAE

Yūki NAGAE

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Yūki NAGAE is a Tokyo-based poet. In 2012, she was awarded the Poetry and Thought New Writer Award. Her most recent collection, √3 (Shichōsha, 2016), employs images from geology, chemistry, and machinery through the full range of Japanese script—hiragana, katakana, and kanji structured in her unique system based on trigonometry. She has recently been invited to Finland,Taiwan, and the US for readings and poetry installations, which frequently involve collaborations with nature and technology. She is developing this off-page poetic work around a concept she calls “Steric Poetry.”

 

Absentee Cities

 

Alternating memories

Pale blue tinted

Time goes fracturing on

 

(Every last flower, every form, gone extinct.

Pure nostalgia reigns, saturated fragrance

Drifting through the water surface.)

 

Morae melt into syllables

Touched off by fragmented recollections

 

The gist of reddened bygone days plunged down into extremity

Swaying away

Waning toward silence

 

Incessantly

Born entangled in collapse, one-hundred billion molecules grow warm, glow,

Gather the waves in their methylene blue

 

(Phosphorescent cerulean glimmerings.

That would be a dream.

Unseen by anyone, conserved in a lonely purity,

never drifting away,

flickering on at the ocean floor)

 

Eons ago, there was

A glorious prosperity that often lay down

Whispers

Indignation

All of this now below sea level

 

The circling recurrence

The demolishing persistence

Prepared for the day of its repetition

 

And the methylene’s blue glare. Rolling waves.

Now only the shadows

Remain straight

Running the water surface

 

(Between the waves, images wavering

…Helsi,nki……Soul …Tai,pei…Kual,rampul…

Krung-thep,Bang,kok…New,York…

Mexico,city….…To, ky  o  …..

Wrong. That would be a dream.

Unseen by anyone, so modest.

Cities and flowers too, innumerable abundance,

Someday, surely,

Will have gone extinct)

 

 

 

 

Mortar Stratum of Memories

 

Collapsed  ambiguity heaped year by year and age by age, this  mortar stratum’s upper layer  with sounds of a drizzle on mineral mud  mingled exhalations thoroughly spit away patrolling the circumference of lingering love it’s spring it’s autumn, we say in vindication, sludge years slush into hot colloidal gel layer on layer, that red ash surface, time and again sobering into frozen hard foot soles, embedded all the more in this mortar layer hot, wet mud colloid, tread the mud begrudgingly trudging away can’t go on, thus carp about it, but while looking back on it the gel of annual mud assimilated into the mortar stratum mineral mud lingering love recklessly piled layered finally into ambiguity this surface of mortar stratum

 

Collected in  “√3”[2016,Shicho-sha]

 

 

 

 

Misty Spring Dawn

 

People and things too, drunken, dreams as one, doze off in the dawn,

Howling wind quieted, faint warm weak

Odor of fermenting mash breaking down

Peeling off one layer of dead night at a time, in the smoldering omen

Dreams, shallowing out,

Trailing constricted shadow puppets,

Spill to the outside and stride off.

 

Roadside. In the thinning dark of predawn,

Steel blue timber trees stand in unison line up,

In the entangled branch tips of their mutual differences

Bundles of pale flowers sag heavily shine

Fireglow. Smoking flowerglow softly emits peeled away scents

Traced in vaguely wandering warmth, steadily buried.

Dulled petals fray, brushing branches as they detach,

Choking on the flowerglow.

 

Dimming out buried in gloom, spun from the brief intervals,

Were these blue quaking objects. Leaving them quietly behind,

A dream with fluffy gait glitters through gloom treading the spring haze pale slumber bubbling over sleep with slight hand movements

It pushes right through.

 

Eyelids, alleviation.

With lips faintly parted imbibe vestiges of dreamlight

Deep in the chest alleviation ripples. Lights splash disperse

Awakening loosening.                                                          Collected in  “√3”[2016,Shicho-sha]                   

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