Thursday, March 14, 2013

Butterfly Dream: A Haiku about Nagasaki Anniversary by Fay Aoyagi

English Original

Nagasaki Anniversary
the constellation
we never see from here

Beyond the Reach of My Chopsticks

Fay Aoyagi

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Fay Aoyagi (青柳飛)was born in Tokyo and immigrated to the U.S. in 1982. She is currently a member of Haiku Society of America and Haiku Poets of Northern California. She serves as an associate editor of The Heron's Nest.  She also writes in Japanese and belongs to two Japanese haiku groups; Ten'I (天為) and "Aki"(秋), and she is a member of Haijin Kyokai (俳人協会).


  1. Below is an excerpt from Jack Galmitz's review, entitled Jouissance: The Poetic Achievement of Fay Aoyagi, which was published in A Hundred Gourds, 1:3, June 2012,

    She gives us insight into what the horrors are that direct her to the imaginary world of literature in the following poem:

    Nagasaki Anniversary
    the constellation
    we never see from here

    The constellation is that mushroom cloud that killed seventy-thousand people immediately and seventy-thousand later due to disease and radiation. It is something not recognized "here" in America (although it is, of course, taught in schools).

  2. Technically speaking, the thematic shift is psychologically effective.

    However, I'm a little surprised by Jack's Americanized reading of Fay's haiku, especially of the constellation.

    There are at least two interpretations of "we/here," depending on one's reading of the context of the locale. These two interpretations offer different views of the constellation.

  3. I agree with with Chen-ou. I did not mean the constellation is the mushroom cloud in that dreadful summer in 1945...