Maki Starfield (Japan)

Maki Starfield (Japan)
Maki Starfield was born in Japan, where she studied English and American literature, teaching and business, with further work in Canada. She has published poems, haikus and translations in JUNPA publications
: Duet of Dots co-authored with Naran Matos in 2015, Duet of Lines with Luca Benassi, Trio of Crystals with Hélène Cardona and John FitzGerald in 2017. Trio of Gardens with Lidia Chiarelli and Huguette Bertrand. Duet of Fireflies with Bill Wolak, Duet of Doors with Yesim Agaoglu, Duet of Mists with Dileep Jhaveri, Trio of Jade with Xiao Xiao, Dumu Luofei, Duet of Wings with Willem M. Roggeman, Duet of Islands with Sarah Thilykou, Duet of Faces with Yiorgos Veis, Trio of Windows with Ikuyo Yoshimura, Adjei Agyei-Baah in 2018. Duet of Enlightenment with Konstantinos Bouras, Duet of Pleiades with Paddy Bushe, Quartet of Rose Madder with Yao Yuan, Yu Xiu, Chaung, Yu-Huiand, Duet of Circles with Statis Gourgouris , Duet of Butterflies with John W. Sexton, in 2019. Duet of Forms with K.Satchidanandan, Duet of Lakes with Eileen Sheehan in 2020.
Award: Guido Gozzano Prize (Honorable Mention) 2018,2019
JUNPA Prize for a new poet 2020
Poetry Reading in Kyoto (2016, 2018,2019,2020)
JUNPA 5th Anniversary Commemorative International Poetry Festival (2017)
Poetry Festival in Hong Kong (2018)
Elephant Riding
I experienced elephant riding in Thailand for the first time
Raising his nose, the elephant opened the sweaty nose widely
Just before I was about to leave
I put the money in the nostrils at once.
The elephant took it and handed it to his master.
Obeying him, the elephant just carried the next customer
and started walking out
Held by the reins by his master
The elephant doesn’t think about running away from him
This is the first time I met him, and I should think I will not meet him again
But I don’t need any kiss from him
Let’s go to the almond blossoming hill
Let’s go to the almond blossoming hill
Taking a lunch box.
Climbing up the hill
Tell almond flowers,
“Today is my birthday.”
Let’s go to the almond blossoming hill
Let’s go to the almond blossoming hill
Full of almond flowers
Under the almond blossom trees with you
Let’s eat a homemade almond cake
Today is my birthday
Let’s go to the almond blossoming hill
Let’s go to the almond blossoming hill
Full of your hair
Full of spring scent
The smell of almond cake
I’m stained in my hand
In me
In life
And you smell a flower
You smell many things
You have a big wonder.
The almond blossom trees answered.
“You are my flower, and my lover.”
The Gift of Sunflowers
Unchanged sunflowers!
Painted by Van Gogh in Arles
The glitter of time, the wisdom of a dream
Beautiful sky, shining sun
I am changing
In the light where mystery and power are full
I leave myself
In this bright space
My shadow blends in
In the soul
Breathe, my chest!
Perfect storm
The energy that comes to me
Going with the flow
To live
Fly! My imagination
Blow, wind!
With the power of love
In this world
The thought of life
Eternal sunflowers!
Save my soul!!

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