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This is an exclusive for Live Encounters Magazine. Here is a poem series from Randhir Khare’s new volume MEMORY LAND:New & Selected Poems (1970 to 2013) which is due out by the end of this year.
May 1974. Seventy-seven-year-old Iwakichi Kobayashi visited the NHK television studios in Hiroshima carrying with him a picture he had drawn titled ‘At about 4 p.m., August 6, 1945, near Yorozuyo Bridge’. It showed, in simple strokes, the havoc caused by the bomb. “Even now I cannot erase the scene from my memory. Before my death I wanted to draw it and leave it for others,” he said.
This single drawing inspired the television station to launch a programme, ‘Let Us Leave For Posterity Pictures of the Atomic Bomb Drawn by Citizens’.