A Long Girl Ago

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Victoria University Press, 2007 - Poetry - 71 pages
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The experience of leaving one’s regular life behind to explore a new culture is the focus of these profound poems. Drawing from three years spent living in a remote fishing village in Hokkaido, Japan, the poet recounts her experience teaching English in Japanese schools and partaking in such new hobbies as karaoke and snowboarding. Not simply about her experiences with foreign culture, some poems deal with the writer’s life before traveling as a contrast to the fresh new perspectives she acquires throughout her adventure.

 

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Contents

is anybody in there?
11
the smell calls out hot
17
a poem for gordie
23
miss red in japan
29
yuriko and three internet friends in a car outside kobe
35
zen art of karaoke
40
you will not die of this
47
the light show
55
great king street
62
the moon hates this part
69
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About the author (2007)

Johanna Aitchison is a primary-school teacher and poet. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and literary magazines, including JAAM, Landfall, Poetry New Zealand, Polestar, Sport, and Turbine. She lives in Waiouru, New Zealand.

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