The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi anmd Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 21, 2015 - Poetry - 240 pages
These translated poems were written by two women of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D.

The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment.

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One of the most accomplished poets of her time, Izumi is known for the wild course of her love life. In addition to being twice married, she was, in succession, mistress to two princes who were brothers. The younger one, Astumichi, was her true love, and her diary is a fictionalized account of their affair. Little else is known of her life, but she left behind about 1,500 poems, often included in later anthologies.

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