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August 7, 1996

Outcry From the Inferno: Atomic Bomb Tanka Anthology

JAMA. 1996;276(5):421. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540050081030

Atomic Bomb Poetry

Outcry From the Inferno is a collection of tanka (a five-line Japanese poetic form/) that were written by survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. These tanka were compiled as Hiroshima Tanka Anthology by Seishi Toyota in 1954. Such tanka are a major literary form in Japan but have limited exposure elsewhere.

Jiro Nakano, MD, former professor of pharmacology and associate professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma, selected the 100 best tanka from the anthology and translated them for this book.

The accompanying posthumous poem is reprinted from Outcry From the Inferno by permission of the publisher.