rise from the rubble of schools
new leaves in the trees
Sculptures copyrighted © by Naoki Onogawa. All rights reserved.
Photographs appear here with the artist’s permission.
These photographs also appear in Arnesia Young’s article about the work
of artist Naoki Onogawa in My Modern Met (24 May 2021):
Origami Artist Reimagines Trees With Leaves Made of Tiny Paper
That article, and these photographs, inspired the poem above.
is a Japanese artist based in Tokyo, who creates bonsai-like tree sculptures whose leaves are actually hundreds of tiny paper cranes (orizuru), origami birds that he has folded by hand.
Learn more about Onogawa’s work:
See also these links kindly provided by Wutami Matsuoka, owner of Picaresque Gallery:
poetry and haiga have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry
magazines such as Concho River Review, Failed Haiku, Harbinger Asylum, KYSO Flash,
MacQueen’s Quinterly, Poetry24, The Legal Studies Forum, and Visions
International; as well as in several anthologies, including Faery
Footprints (Fae Corp Publishing), Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku &
Haiga (Dos Gatos Press), Texas Poetry Calendar (Kallisto Gaia Press),
Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press), and
His poem “Viewing the Dead” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of his
poems appear in
Silent Waters, photographs by George Digalakis (Athens, 2017).
He is the author of two chapbooks, Standing Inside the Web (Bear House
Publishing, 1990) and Fire and Shadows (Legal Studies Forum, 2008)
Selections of Gary’s poetry and photography can be found at his website,
4P Creations: http://4pcreations.com
Crossing Kansas by Gary S. Rosin in The Wild Word
(7 February 2020); includes audio of the poet reading his poem