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Sawako Nakayasu

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Sawako Nakayasu

Sawako Nakayasu is the author of several poetry collections, most recently The Ants (Les Figues Press, 2014), Texture Notes (Letter Machine, 2010), and Hurry Home Honey (Burning Deck, 2009). A translator of Japanese poetry, Nakayasu is the recipient of translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the PEN American Center.

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Summer camp, swim class, Tokyo, a group of no more than twenty ants all donning their respective swimming caps, some with images of their favorite anime characters printed on the fabric. Forward progression, assisted by a rhythmic movement of ant limbs, just like the instructor instructed, forward forward progress

There is one atop each of the Girls’ heads. Clearly they have been playing this game for a while. There is only one girl whose turkey is still full of air, and that girl is Girl D. The game is called Duck, Duck, Turkey. They go through the motions of having an “it,” and having that “it” walk around the outside of

Every time, these days, it seems, an equation gets forced. Forged:

                  far cry

                  low rise

                                and every morning sticks, figure A, for alas, stick figures, it
figures that we awaken in