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Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese

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I go out of the darkness
Onto a road of darkness
Lit only by the far off
Moon on the edge of the mountains.

--Izumi Shikobu

Over the years, thousands of readers have discovered the beauty of classic Japanese poetry through the superb English versions by the great American poet Kenneth Rexroth. Mostly haiku, these poems range from the classical and medieval to modern poetry, with an emphasis on folk songs and love lyrics. Because women played such an outstanding role in Japanese literature, included here are selections from their work, including the contemporary, deeply sensuous Marichiko. This elegant, beautifully designed gift book of poems spanning many centuries presents the original texts in romanji, the transliteration into the Western alphabet.

Synopsis:

"Rexroth's readings from the Japanese master poets are breathtaking in their simplicity and clarity."--The New York Times

Synopsis:

Kenneth Rexroth was one of the pioneer American translators from the Chinese into English. From his bestselling books, One Hundred Poems from the Japanese, One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese, and Woman Poets of Japan, Eliot Weinberger (essayist, critic and translator extraordinaire) has culled the best of the best for this beautiful gift edition.

About the Author

Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN's first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America's first literary writer to receive Mexico's Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.Poet-essayist

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811218375
Author:
Weinberger, Eliot
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Translator:
Rexroth, Kenneth
Author:
Rexroth, Kenneth
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Japanese poetry
Subject:
Love in leterature
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Love in literature
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
6 x 4.1 x 0.3 in 0.2 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "Rexroth's readings from the Japanese master poets are breathtaking in their simplicity and clarity."--The New York Times

"Synopsis" by , Kenneth Rexroth was one of the pioneer American translators from the Chinese into English. From his bestselling books, One Hundred Poems from the Japanese, One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese, and Woman Poets of Japan, Eliot Weinberger (essayist, critic and translator extraordinaire) has culled the best of the best for this beautiful gift edition.
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