The rendering of the hill's name was brilliant. In this, Nogi displayed a poetic gift that is truly sublime. The figure 203, which marks the height of the hill, can be read in Japanese as ni-rei-san. Using Chinese characters with the same proununciations but different meanings, he recast the hill's name as "hill of thy spirits."
Kim Hill talks to Mohamed Hassan, an Auckland journalist for RNZ, and co-founder of Waxed Poetic Revival, a member of the South Auckland Poets Collective, and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. This year he released his first poetry collection, A Felling of Things.