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Mrs. McKeown's Poetry
Naoshi Koriyama (extra)


Why Bother With Poetry
A Concrete or Shape poem
Free Verse or Unrhymed Poem
A Student's Poem
Stump the Teacher
My Poem
Poetry References
Poet Study - Poems
Poet Study - Biography
Poet Study-Jack Prelutsky
International Poet
Native American Poet
Naoshi Koriyama (extra)
Asian American Poet
Hispanic/Latino Poet
Gary Soto extra
African American Poet
Picture Book
Social Studies
Poem /Sung
Two Groups
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Douglas Florian
Judith Viorst
Jack Prelutsky 2
Jack Prelutsky
Shel Silverstein
Folk Poem
Song Lyrics
Classic Poetry
Mother Goose
Picture Book Poem
Arthur Guiterman

Naoshi Koriyama

Naoshi Koriyama studied English in Japan before coming to the United States to complete his college education. After returning to Japan in 1967, he taught American poetry at Toyo University in Tokyo.

Translator of Poetry, Koriyama's poems have appeared in high school textbooks in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He has also made English translations of Japanese poetry and folk songs from the Amamio Islands where he was born and raised. Among his works are We Wrote These Poems (translator) and Plum Tree in Japan and Other Poems.

A Loaf of Poetry

you mix
the dough
of experience
the yeast
of inspiration
and knead it well
with love
and pound it
with all your might
and then
leave it
it puffs out big
with its own inner force
and then
knead it again
shape it
into a round form
and bake it
in the oven
of your heart

--Nayoshi Koriyama--

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Unfolding Bud

One is amazed
By a water-lily bud
With each passing day,
Taking on a richer color,
And new dimensions.

One is not amazed,
At first glance,
By a poem,
Which is as tight-closed
as a tiny bud.

Yet one is surprised
To see the poem
Gradually unfolding,
Revealing its rich inner self,
As one reads it
And over again.

--Naoshi Koriyama--

Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and Other Modern Verse compiled by Dunning, S, Leuders, E. & Smith, H., published by Scholastic Books, 1996.