The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems

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Jane Hirshfield
Vintage Books, 1990 - Poetry - 212 pages
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These translated poems were written by 2 ladies 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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Review: The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan

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This isn't really the kind of book that you sit down and read cover to cover. I once saw someone describe trying to read straight through a collection of haiku as being like "being repeatedly pecked ... Read full review

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

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I took my time with these poetic gems. They are truly universal in theme and speak deeply to my heart. I can't wait until our household gets over its money drought so that I can buy my own copy. I will hate to return them to the library. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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ONO NO KOMACHI
1
IZUMI SHIKIBU
47
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The author of five previous poetry collections and a book of essays, Jane Hirshfield has been a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, and she is the winner of the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and multiple volumes of The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

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