King River Press is pleased to announced that our newest verse collection by our writer/founder, Jodie Hawthorne, is now available in PDF format. Cover image (above) by Felix Brönnimann. Content images by Kohji Asakawa (edited and used with permission)
Ankoku Butoh or Dance of Darkness is loosely described as a combination of spiritual dance and movement theatre performance. Personal, free and fluid in nature, Butoh is therefore, and perhaps deliberately, not easy to describe.
Initial founder-practitioners, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno pioneered this radical and unorthodox practice in Japan’s vulnerable post Second World War environment. Butoh and imitations of it are still practiced today by dancers in Japan and internationally.
The modern Butoh experience has produced mixed results. This work is an outsider’s creative response to researching and viewing the practice. Jodie came to know of Butoh through her interest in Japanese traditional culture, particularly Zen Buddhism and the writing of haiku and related verse. This influence may be apparent in the poems of this collection.
The Tree House earth elements wasted on childhood dreams a controlled breakdown white sun black heart underthinking overestimating the light
The Afterlife Gruidae figure screaming to be understood timeless serpents possess this dreamtime no space for emotion layers of the searching self
The New Beginning prohibited the house of pain gloom smears the land of the rising sun internal darkness on display hideous traits of humankind unstoppable corruption is born
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