HYAKURETSU KYAKU

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FREE EBOOK! TWELVE SONNETS INSPIRED BY STREET FIGHTER 2.

E Honda

Last year, at Minami-za, Kyoto,
he saw Kamakura stop time, swan out
on the hanamichi like a game show
host, heavy with answers, turn about
and wink before killing the frozen soldiers.
In the empty bathhouse, he thinks of this.
How peace before battle feels now no more
than ostentation. Edmund writes out his
father’s poem: steam hides the bather /
yet it condenses into / ladles
of water. Hands upon his starched equator,
displaced from the vacuum of his stable
he hears the crowd sound out the pattern:
one hundred single hands, all clapping.

Inspired by Capcom’s 1992 cult video game, Hyakuretsu Kyaku is a collection of twelve sonnets, recasting the characters of the game as “twelve heroes that span the breadth of the human condition.”

From Zangief, a Russian wrestler fighting for a crumbling republic; to Chun Li, an Interpol agent determined to avenge her father’s murder; to Dhalsim, the yogic soothsayer who has channeled his spiritual enlightenment into the power of being really bendy.

Combining the mythic with the mundane, this is poetry for anyone who’s ever screamed “Hadouken” or tried out the Hundred Hand Slap on their little brother.

Launched as a free digital download to coincide with National Poetry Day 2011, Hyakuretsu Kyaku is accompanied by specially commissioned artwork from leading designers and illustrators.

 

To download the collection from Penned in the Margins, click here.