White marks on a black page; a photographic negative of loss. It’s the view from
the tain of a mirror; the scene staring back from inside the looking glass. She steps
around the scorched blank shapes; the final traces of humanity left on physical
The flash of detonation has seared every nearby surface; the inverted shadows are
all that remain of the people. On the Yorozuyo Bridge, they begin to tile over the
silhouettes that still bear witness.
Cassandra Atherton is an award winning prose poet and scholar. She was a Harvard Scholar in English in 2016 and she received an Australian Council Grant to work on a book of prose poetry on the atomic bomb in 2017. She is currently co-writing a scholarly book on prose poetry for Princeton University Press.