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Tancho by J. David Cummings
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0912592788, Paperback)

Winner of the 2013 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize

Tancho is a book that needed to be written and needs to be read. Its account of terrible beauty is itself beautiful, speaking of "hope and despair, the promise of each to other." Nagasaki, Hiroshima, "ruined human beings," a peace park, a sounding bell, a thousand paper cranes. Does the arc of history bend toward hope? One of the many haunting poems in this book describes the body of a boy in one of Yamahata-san's photographs of Nagasaki after the bomb, and concludes with a haiku:

      There are butterflies
warming in broken sunlight
      wake up, child, wake up.

Perhaps we all humanity are that child.

- Alicia Ostriker, final judge of the Richard Snyder Publication Prize

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:57:23 -0400)

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