Explore the Art of Haiku With Momoko Kuroda’s “I Wait for the Moon”
Momoko Kuroda’s English poetry début I Wait for the Moon features one hundred of her haikus that gives new readers an excellent introduction to her work. Her pieces explore Japan’s postwar identity, muse on the pros and cons of nuclear politics, and finally, give new meaning to Fukushima. While her themes are central to Japan, her work is a fantastic way to see how Kuroda’s grown as a poet over the years and explore topics that are often ignored outside Japan.
Hailed as one of Japan’s most well known haiku poets, readers well gain a new appreciation for this independent and intelligent author. In Kuroda’s lyrical poetry, nothing is left out. She embraces both the good and bad in her society in an attempt to raise awareness about the consequences of nuclear politics and the struggles of rebuilding a country’s postwar identity.
Even if haikus aren’t to your taste, Kuroda’s poetry provides new insight about a culture through one of its most celebrated art forms.