Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women

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Far Beyond the Field is a first-of-its-kind anthology of haiku by Japanese women, collecting translations of four hundred haiku written by twenty poets from the seventeenth century to the present. By arranging the poems chronologically, Makoto Ueda has created an overview of the way in which this enigmatic seventeen-syllable form has been used and experimented with during different eras. At the same time, the reader is admitted to the often marginalized world of female experience in Japan, revealing voices every ...

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Overview

Far Beyond the Field is a first-of-its-kind anthology of haiku by Japanese women, collecting translations of four hundred haiku written by twenty poets from the seventeenth century to the present. By arranging the poems chronologically, Makoto Ueda has created an overview of the way in which this enigmatic seventeen-syllable form has been used and experimented with during different eras. At the same time, the reader is admitted to the often marginalized world of female experience in Japan, revealing voices every bit as rich and colorful, and perhaps even more lyrical and erotic, than those found in male haiku.

Listen, for instance, to Chiyojo, who worked in what has been long thought of as the dark age of haiku during the eighteenth century, but who composed exquisitely fine poems tracing the smallest workings of nature. Or Katsuro Nobuko, who wrote powerfully erotic poems when she was widowed after only two years of marriage. And here, too, is a voice from today, Mayuzumi Madoka, whose meditations on romantic love represent a fresh new approach to haiku.

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Sonja Arntzen

This book breaks new ground and provides an important entrée into the subject of women's haiku for English readers. Deeply moving, amusing, insightful, thought provoking, and breathtakingly beautiful by turns, the poems in this volume cover a wide range of human experience. They reveal both the continuity of a haiku sensibility over the centuries and individual difference. And how good it is to see the women haiku students of Basho getting their due!

Sonja Arntzen, University of Toronto

Amy V. Heinrich

Makoto Ueda has given us several great gifts with his book on women haiku poets: introductions to a host of writers previously unknown to readers in English; concise and eloquent translations of their work -- Ueda's translation simply gets better and better with each book and makes it look easy -- and a revised view of the history of haiku. Its richness increases with every reading.

Amy V. Heinrich, Director, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

Sonja Arntzen

This book breaks new ground and provides an important entrée into the subject of women's haiku for English readers. Deeply moving, amusing, insightful, thought provoking, and breathtakingly beautiful by turns, the poems in this volume cover a wide range of human experience. They reveal both the continuity of a haiku sensibility over the centuries and individual difference. And how good it is to see the women haiku students of Basho getting their due!

Amy V. Heinrich

Makoto Ueda has given us several great gifts with his book on women haiku poets: introductions to a host of writers previously unknown to readers in English; concise and eloquent translations of their work -- Ueda's translation simply gets better and better with each book and makes it look easy -- and a revised view of the history of haiku. Its richness increases with every reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231128636
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2003
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Ser
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Makoto Ueda is professor emeritus of Japanese at Stanford University. He has written, translated, or edited fourteen books, including Modern Japanese Tanka and Light Verse from the Floating World.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionDen Sutejo (1633--1698)Kawai Chigetsu (1634?--1718)Shiba Sonome (1664--1726)Chiyojo (1703--1775)Enomoto Seifu (1732--1815)Tagami Kikusha (1753--1826)Takeshita Shizunojo (1887--1951)Sugita Hisajo (1890--1946)Hashimoto Takako (1899--1963)Mitsuhashi Takajo (1899--1972)Ishibashi Hideno (1909--1947)Katsura Nobuko (b. 1914)Yoshino Yoshiko (b. 1915)Tsuda Kiyoko (b. 1920)Inahata Teiko (b. 1931)Uda Kiyoko (b. 1935)Kuroda Momoko (b. 1938)Tsuji Momoko (b. 1945)Katayama Yumiko (b. 1952)Mayuzumi Madoka (b. 1965)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    A thoroughly enjoyable treatment of 400years of haiku written by women

    This book was real surprise and a treat to read. It provides an opportunity to explore the work of women haiku poets over a span of 400 years. The reader can follow the changes in the cultural attitude toward women as reflected in their writing, and the poems capture their every day events and dreams along with their hopes and passions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Exciting new window into Japanese literature!

    An exciting new window into old and new Japanese literature opens with this volume, which follows upon CHIYO-NI WOMAN HAIKU MASTER, published a few years ago, in introducing Japanese women's haiku to western readers. The review by the publisher hints at the fact that Japanese women's haku has its own special tilt, just as female experience, though equal in value, is inevitably 'different' than that of men. It is amazing that in just three three lines these poems can 'catch hold' of that difference in profoundly beautiful ways. Wonderful, wonderful book!

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