In Naoko Fujimoto’s “Mother Said, I Want Your Pain”, there are rooms without doors nor windows. Time becomes ecstatic and intimate. The reader walks into these rooms allured by the unadorned but skillful language, the spectral beauty of the imagery and the haunting narrative of emptiness.
Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. Her forthcoming poetry collections is Where I Was Born, winner of the editor’s choice by Willow Books, Spring, 2019. Her first chapbook, Home, No Home, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition. She is a RHINO Poetry fellow.