Beneath the Restless Turning of the Planets: Selected Poems, 1972-1989

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Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated from the Japanese by Janine Beichman. "One of Ooka's virtues was that he was not an intellectual, someone who has forgotten that human beings are more important than ideas, that human beings take priorityover everything. This poet knows, in the deepest sense, that human relationships rest on the relation of human beings to nature and to the universe. It is not difficult to see traces of the surrealist influence that colores Ooka's youth. But in contrast to many other Japanese ...
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Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated from the Japanese by Janine Beichman. "One of Ooka's virtues was that he was not an intellectual, someone who has forgotten that human beings are more important than ideas, that human beings take priorityover everything. This poet knows, in the deepest sense, that human relationships rest on the relation of human beings to nature and to the universe. It is not difficult to see traces of the surrealist influence that colores Ooka's youth. But in contrast to many other Japanese poets, Ooka was never a blind worshipper of anything imported. Ooka is convinced that only when you approach actuality from two mutually opposing sides can you get a glimpse of its entirety. Rather than pantheism, the undercurrent of Ooka's poetry is paneroticism and it is that which saves him from indulging in conceptualization." From the preface by Tanikawa Shuntaro.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780942668469
  • Publisher: Katydid Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Asian Poetry in Translation Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 15
Daybreak Leaf Alive 21
A Perspective Diagram of Summer 23
All About the Wind 29
Dreaming Sam Francis 31
Incantation 37
Her Fragrant Flesh, Or How I Met a Madwoman 39
Speak Please I Beg You 47
Fruits of Light 53
Insects' Dreams 54
Chof I 59
Chofu IV 60
London Precipice 62
Saki's Numazu 65
Cerebropolis 67
Rhymopolis 68
Chofu VIII 69
California: Unvoiced Harmonies 71
The Principles of Poetry 77
Two Eyes 79
The Him Called Me 80
To Art Museums 81
Life Story 83
Snow Outside 84
Valley Stream Reflects the Mountain Light 85
Children's Song 86
On Human Life 87
What is Poetry? #1 91
What is Poetry? #2 92
What is Poetry? #3 93
What is Poetry? #4 94
What is Poetry? #6 95
What is Poetry? #8 96
What is Poetry? #10 97
What is Poetry? #12 98
What is Poetry? #15: The Case of a Star 99
What is Poetry? #17: The Case of Rain 100
What is Poetry? #21 101
What is Poetry? #24: Rules for Its Creation and Interpretation 102
Comrades, the Earth is Cold 104
History 105
18 Lines Written in Anger 106
Red Plum 107
Song of the Nuclear Submarine 'Thresher', Its Sexual Seapassage and Suicide 111
Poem for My Children 116
Crab Talk 117
Back in Tokyo 118
Strange Fragment 119
Morning Prayer 120
In the Style of Goethe 121
Autumn Melancholy 122
Tokyo Dirge 124
Songs for the Four Seasons: Summer Song 125
Songs for the Four Seasons: Autumn Song 126
Songs for the Four Seasons: Winter Song 128
Songs for the Four Seasons: Spring Song 130
The Tale of a Star #1 133
The Tale of a Star #2 134
Thus Spoke The Bird of Passage 135
Such Women, Where Are You?: Green Women 136
Such Women, Where Are You?: Blue Women 138
Translator's Note 139
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