The Ocean in the Closet

Coffee House Press, 2007

“Mom put me and Ken in the closet again. We used to get scared of the black air in the closet, but then we came up with this idea to think about something fun, like a big big strawberry ice cream mountain in a bowl with whipped cream and chocolate sauce running down from the top. Then we weren’t scared of the dark room anymore, but it always felt like forever…”

Foreign Wife Elegy cover Foreign Wife Elegy

Coffee House Press, 2004

“My language has its own world where he doesn’t know how to live, but he should learn my language; then he can call my mother to say that I am dead…”

Yuko Taniguchi © 2013