Thanks so much for being here. I really like the flow and imagery of your poetry. Can you tell me what the significance is of 'girl sinkokraul'? I see she carries through the title and poems.
I’ve found this word in a junk e-mail message that I’ve received a couple of years ago. The fact is that almost all the verses you can read in this book came from junk e-mails, that contained a large amount of phrases, without beginning neither end, randomly drawn each other.
No sense, bigger sense, I thought. Add to this that I don’t know well English language, and that I’ve fallen in love with this girl.
You say you don't know English well, what is your first language?
I lived in different countries, and always for few years in each of them, so it's difficult to say. I'd say that Japanese is my first language, because I lived with my father for a long time. After his death (three years ago) I didn't speak Japanese any more. Then Italian, cause I lived in Italy for five years (from 5 to 10) and for two years more, before going to USA. I love this language.
Is this your first English poetry book?
Yes, it's my first English book. I publish short stories in Italian (only on web-zines and with a pen name).
How long have you been writing poetry?
When I was fourteen I went to NY and I lived for six months with an English teacher who introduced me to poetry (reading and writing). Thanks to her I discovered - as I like to say - the power of free words, the words that come from unexpected places, like junk e-mail.
How long did it take you to amass enough poems to fill a book?
The book has only 15 poems, but it takes one year to write and refine them. I was lucky because I found a great graphic designer and illustrator (Judith Law) that laid out the book.
It's difficult to say: poetry must be a language strange to itself (imho) and this goal can be achieved only with a content real and sincere. So, the only way (for me) to move closer to poetry is to talk about something that is "very personal", as you said. But it's only my opinion and, furthermore, always in evolution.
What do you hope readers take away from your poems?
I hope readers can run into some little things about them, but represented in a new way. I try also to create, with illustrations and the graphic layout, a little world coherent and captivating.
Do you have a website or somewhere that fans can read about what you are up to?
I only have a FB page (www.facebook.com/nune.kei) and a twitter account (@NunoeKei). I'm thinking about a blog.
Great Nunoe, thanks again for being here today. It amazes me that the lines for these poems were gathered in such a fun way. I guess it is true that there is beauty and poetry all around us - all we have to do is look.
Here are three of the poems from Nunoe's book, 'Girl Sinkokaul':
The first use thatI made of my thirstfor liberty washard to saybut wasyour mouthgirl sinkokraul/pure olive oilon your mealflying sheetsover our headswalking on the moonwith a little scareof frozen flowers/when I understoodthat you please my mindand give a cheerfulnessto my lipsnow I sense your triesgirl sinkokraulthe hardest championshipwhere I’m only ableto love and laugh/cause nobody but youhas ever heard me laugh.
I’m not praying for my love
I’m fasting for her
a diet is depleting my bones
of essential nutrients
increasing my chances
of developing an identity.
Have a great weekend everybody!!Everybody in the couplewas very confidentand experienced,and everybody did wrong
come prepared for the weathergirl sinkokraul/according to shamanride low to the waterslalom between rocksand at significantrapids pull of your lifeand scout the route
prevent generalgirl sinkokrauldouble crossing your fingers/and return your waterto my sand.