Verve Poetry Press are
thrilled that the wonderful Katrina Naomi
has asked us to publish the poems
that came out of her recent Arts Council supported writing trip to Japan. And a
wonderful group of poems they are, that at once depict Japan, its traditions,
its customs with great enthusiasm but also a healthy dose of heart-on-sleave
puzzlement. Katrina doesn’t pretend she is an expert. She is very much an
English poet abroad.
included are Katrina’s translations of Haiku by two Japanese masters which have
previously been published in MPT magazine. Altogether, this is Katrina trying
something new, but with the quality, the wonderful way with words, the earnest
grappling with the perceived world that characterises all her work.