Woman of March by Yumiko Tsumura
These delicate poems are alive with deep silence in which they occur. They are not haiku but are haiku-like, suddenly emerging as epiphanies—enigmas— upon the white paper. They are a testimony to a life lived not in the light of intellect but in specific, deep consciousness. To encounter Yumiko Tsumura’s poems is to encounter something deep, elliptical, passionate: “spots of time.”
-Jack Foley–Poet and Critic
Yumiko Tsumura’s authentic voice bridges East and West. Her voice is at once wise, well honed, compassionate and sharply intelligent. Her power of observation are put to work with often delicate precision in these poems, whose subdued but intense emotional appeal makes them a profoundly human pleasure to read.
-Peter Clothier–Poet and Critic
These poems are autobiographical, open-eyed, reaching back to childhood Pacific War memories of Japan and her life in the US, reticent yet rich with intimate perceptions in-visioned and invoked, invested with transformative powers, conjuring an eventful life path of discoveries, losses and reaffirmations — “wondrous /with passion /and grace.”
-Ken Rodgers–managing editor, Kyoto Journal