Synopses & Reviews
--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.
"A tiny perfect little book. It made us forget totally we were on a subway." Fukuda Chiyo-Ni,
"I must have Kenneth Rexroth's translations from the Japanese at once!" The House of Pomegranates
Rexroth was steeped in the world’s spiritual and literary traditions, absorbing ideas and philosophy into his poetry all his life.The best Japanese poetry gathered and translated by Rexroth, including poems by Haito Joso, Prime Minister Kintsune, and Matsuo Basho. --Ray Gonzalez
"Rexroth was steeped in the world's spiritual and literary traditions, absorbing ideas and philosophy into his poetry all his life." William Carlos Williams
"The best Japanese poetry gathered and translated by Rexroth, including poems by Haito Joso, Prime Minister Kintsune, and Matsuo Basho." American Poetry Review
"Rexroth's readings from the Japanese master poets are breathtaking in their simplicity and clarity."--
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