John Bradley reviews Irradiated Cities for Rain Taxi

Reviewer John Bradley sees an urgent link between the destruction described in Mariko Nagai’s Irradiated Cities and our country’s increasingly tense relationship with North Korea:  


The use of the colons, as can be seen, blurs cause and effect. Everything is connected to everything else. Nagai uses the colons this way in all of the thirty-two prose poems in the book, even for the closing. There’s never a period to provide closure, even at the very end of each piece. The colon is the perfect punctuation for this book, as it’s logical, neutral, and inevitable.


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