A Play of mirrors: eight major poets of modern Japan

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Katydid Books, 1987 - Poetry - 311 pages
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Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated by 15 leading scholars and poets. Ooka and Fitzsimmons present a vivid sample of the works of eight of the foremost contemporary Japanese poets born between 1919 and 1939. An invaluable introduction for students and scholars with clear, incisive introductions to each selection. Includes Yoshioka Minoru, Tamura Ryuichi, Iijima Koichi, TadaChimako, Ooka Makoto, Tanikawa Shuntaro, Shiraishi Kazuko and Yoshimasu Gozo, plus a renga sequence by Ooka and Fitzsimmons.

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Contents

Realities and Challenges
15
The Poems
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The Poems
29
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Thomas Fitzsimmons has won an unprecedented 3 NEA fellowships-as a poet, editor and translator -but it's the haiku written in collaboration with his wife, Karen, a sumi-e brush painter, that he feels is his finest artistic expression. Formerly writer/editor, The New Repuclic, (Washington, DC), feature writer, The Asahi Daily News (Tokyo, Japan), he is author, translator or editor of more than 60 books, 32 of which currently are in print. Emeritus Professor of Literature, Oakland University, he has received a number of honors, including three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships (poetry, translation and belles lettres) and several Fulbrights to countries in Europe and Asia. In the mid-1970s, he and Karen Hargreaves-Fitzsimmons did a 16 month, 18 nation poetry-reading/performance/lecturing/workshop tour through the Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe under the auspices of USIS. They live just south of Santa Fe, where they publish Katydid Books, distributed by University of Hawai'i Press.

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