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The poet Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) was an early twentieth-century Japanese modernist who today is known worldwide for his poetry and stories as well as his devotion to Buddhism. "Miyazawa Kenji: Selections" collects a wide range of his poetry and provides an excellent introduction to his life and work. Miyazawa was a teacher of agriculture by profession and largely unknown as a poet until after his death. Since then, his work has increasingly attracted a devoted following, especially among ecologists, Buddhists, and the literary avant-garde. This volume includes poems translated by Gary Snyder, who was the first to translate a substantial body of Miyazawa's work into English. Hiroaki Sato's own superb translations, many never before published, demonstrate his deep familiarity with Miyazawa's poetry. His remarkable introduction considers the poet's significance and suggests ways for contemporary readers to approach his work. It further places developments in Japanese poetry into a global context during the first decades of the twentieth century. In addition, the book features a Foreword by the poet Geoffrey O'Brien and essays by Tanikawa Shuntaro, Yoshimasu Gozo, and Michael O'Brien.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 140 x 206 x 22mm | 381.02g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 9 b/w photographs
  • 0520247795
  • 9780520247796
  • 403,299

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"A worthy edition to the library of any Kenji fan." -- Kyoshin The Flowering Heart

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About Kenji Miyazawa

Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) was one of Japan's most important experimental poets. His first book of poems, Spring and Asura, was published in 1924. Hiroaki Sato is a translator and essayist living in New York. He writes a monthly column for the Japan Times.

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"This is the most thoughtful, comprehensive, and skillful anthology of Miyazawa's works ever made available in English."J. Thomas Rimer, coeditor of "Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture: An Illustrated Sourcebook" "How wonderful to have Miyazawa's work that emerged at a time when Japanese literature was undergoing a sea change. Thanks to Sato's insightful direction, this volume of poetry includes the life and the literary contexts. This is a significant contribution to the Millennium project!"Kimiko Hahn, author of "The Narrow Road to the Interior""

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Table of contents

Contents List of Illustrations Foreword: A Modernist in the Mountains Geoffrey O'Brien Introduction A Note on the Translations POEMS From Spring & Asura (First Collection) Proem Refractive Index The Snow on Saddle Mountain Thief The Thief Love & Fever Spring & Asura Daybreak Sunlight and Withered Grass Cloud Semaphore A Break Rest Annelid Dancer (Annelida Tanzerin) Report The Landscape Inspector Haratai Sword-Dancing Troupe A Mountain Patrolman Traveler Bamboo & Oak Masaniello The Morning of the Last Farewell Pine Needles Pine Needles Voiceless Grief White Birds Okhotsk Elegy Volcano Bay: A Nocturne Commandment on No Greed Love in Religious Mode Past Desire Single-Tree Field Ice Fog in Iihatov Winter & Galaxy Station From Spring & Asura (Second Collection) The Moon on the Water and the Wound Trying to drink from the spring Smallpox Rest The Weather Bureau The Crow The Sea-Eroded Tableland Contents List of Illustrations Foreword: A Modernist in the Mountains Geoffrey O'Brien Introduction A Note on the Translations POEMS From Spring & Asura (First Collection) Proem Refractive Index The Snow on Saddle Mountain Thief The Thief Love & Fever Spring & Asura Daybreak Sunlight and Withered Grass Cloud Semaphore A Break Rest Annelid Dancer (Annelida Tanzerin) Report The Landscape Inspector Haratai Sword-Dancing Troupe A Mountain Patrolman Traveler Bamboo & Oak Masaniello The Morning of the Last Farewell Pine Needles Pine Needles Voiceless Grief White Birds Okhotsk Elegy Volcano Bay: A Nocturne Commandment on No Greed Love in Religious Mode Past Desire Single-Tree Field Ice Fog in Iihatov Winter & Galaxy Station From Spring & Asura (Second Collection) The Moon on the Water and the Wound Trying to drink from the spring Smallpox Rest The Weather Bureau The Crow The Sea-Eroded Tableland Mountain Fire From under a poplar Reservoir Note Spring The railroad and the national highway The Tsugaru Strait The Horse Cow The Bull Transition of a Bird Mr. Pamirs the Scholar Takes a Walk If I pass through this forest Spring Spring: Variation Wind & Cedar Cloud When the wind comes Harvesting the Earless Millet Wet in soggy cold rain Night dew and wind mingle desolately Good Devil Praying for Absolution Excursion Permit Zen Dialogue Fantasy during a Journey Wind & Resentments Shadow from the Future Love-Hate for Poetry Some Views Concerning the Proposed Site of a National Park An Opinion Concerning a Proposed National Park Site Drought & Zazen The Iwate Light Railway: July (Jazz) Residence A Valediction The National Highway From Spring & Asura (Third Collection) Spring Somehow I walk up The Snake Dance Field The corn baking in the blue smoke Banquet Distant Labor Distant Work Cabbage Patch Hospital Flowers & Birds: November Crows in a Hundred Postures The buckets climb Cultivation Sapporo City Ambiguous Argument about a Spring Cloud Pig Malice Now burnt-out eyes ache In DQshin-chQ toward daybreak The Unruly Horse The Politicians Politicians Devil's Words: 4 We lived together The Prefectural Engineer's Statement Regarding Clouds At the very end of the blue sky Raving Colleagues A Rice-Growing Episode Flood The Master of the Field The Breeze Comes Filling the Valley What a coward I am No matter what he does, it's too late Impressions of an Exhibition of Floating-World Paintings In the leaden moonlight The Third Art The Landowner Hateful Kuma Eats His Lunch Since the doctor is still young Night A few more times A horse A Young Land Cultivation Department Technician's Recitative on Irises The man I parted from, below From During Illness & Other Poems Koreans Pass, Drumming Pneumonia ah that Talking with Your Eyes past noon it's three o'clock when that terrifying black cloud thump thump thump thump thump desperately trying to sleep to sleep Wind is calling me out in front my chest now When I open my eyes an April wind Night While III and it must be that I will die soon (February 1929) October 20th (October) 28 Untitled November 3rd Two Tanka On Miyazawa Kenji Four Images Tanikawa Shuntaro We Are All Excellent Musical Instruments Yoshimasu Gozo Miyazawa Kenji Michael O'Brien Glossary of Japanese Names and Terms Selected Bibliography Acknowledgments

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