Miyazawa Kenji: Selections / Edition 1

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Overview

The poet Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) was an early twentieth-century Japanese modernist, who is today known worldwide for his poems and stories as well as for his devotion to Buddhism. This volume collects a wide range of Miyazawa's poetry and provides an excellent introduction to his life and work. Miyazawa was a teacher of agriculture by profession, and his writing was largely unknown until after his death. Since then his work has increasingly attracted a devoted following, especially among ecologists, Buddhists, and the literary avant-garde. Miyazawa Kenji: Selections 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. Sato's remarkable introduction considers the poet's significance and suggests ways for contemporary readers to approach his work. It further places the Japanese poetry of the first decades of the twentieth century in a global context. 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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Editorial Reviews

The Flowering Heart - Kyoshin
“A worthy edition to the library of any Kenji fan.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520247796
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2007
  • Series: Poets for the Millennium Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,532,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xi
Foreword: A Modernist in the Mountains   Geoffrey O'Brien     xiii
Introduction     1
A Note on the Translations     59
Poems
From Spring & Asura (First Collection)
Proem     63
Refractive Index     65
The Snow on Saddle Mountain     66
Thief     66
The Thief     67
Love & Fever     67
Spring & Asura     68
Daybreak     70
Sunlight and Withered Grass     70
Cloud Semaphore     71
A Break     71
Rest     72
Annelid Dancer (Annelida Tanzerin)     73
Report     75
The Landscape Inspector     76
Haratai Sword-Dancing Troupe     77
A Mountain Patrolman     79
Traveler     79
Bamboo & Oak     80
Masaniello     80
The Morning of the Last Farewell     82
Pine Needles     84
Pine Needles     86
Voiceless Grief     87
White Birds     88
Okhotsk Elegy     90
Volcano Bay: A Nocturne     95
Commandment on No Greed     97
Love in Religious Mode     98
Past Desire     100
Single-Tree Field     101
Ice Fog in Iihatov     102
Winter & Galaxy Station     103
From Spring & Asura (Second Collection)
The Moon on the Water and the Wound     105
Trying to drink from the spring     106
Smallpox     107
Rest     107
The Weather Bureau     108
The Crow     109
The Sea-Eroded Tableland     110
Mountain Fire     110
From under a poplar     111
Reservoir Note     112
Spring     114
The railroad and the national highway     115
The Tsugaru Strait     117
The Horse     118
Cow     118
The Bull     119
Transition of a Bird     120
Mr. Pamirs the Scholar Takes a Walk     121
If I pass through this forest     123
Spring     125
Spring: Variation     125
Wind & Cedar     126
Cloud     127
When the wind comes     128
Harvesting the Earless Millet      128
Wet in soggy cold rain     130
Night dew and wind mingle desolately     131
Good Devil Praying for Absolution     131
Excursion Permit     133
Zen Dialogue     134
Fantasy during a Journey     136
Wind & Resentments     137
Shadow from the Future     137
Love-Hate for Poetry     138
Some Views Concerning the Proposed Site of a National Park     139
An Opinion Concerning a Proposed National Park Site     141
Drought & Zazen     144
The Iwate Light Railway: July (Jazz)     145
Residence     147
A Valediction     148
The National Highway     150
From Spring & Asura (Third Collection)
Spring     151
Somehow I walk up     151
The Snake Dance     152
Field     153
The corn baking in the blue smoke     154
Banquet     154
Distant Labor     155
Distant Work     156
Cabbage Patch     157
Hospital     158
Flowers & Birds: November     158
Crows in a Hundred Postures     159
The buckets climb      160
Cultivation     161
Sapporo City     162
Ambiguous Argument about a Spring Cloud     162
Pig     163
Malice     164
Now burnt-out eyes ache     164
In Doshin-cho toward daybreak     165
The Unruly Horse     166
The Politicians     167
Politicians     168
Devil's Words:4     169
We lived together     169
The Prefectural Engineer's Statement Regarding Clouds     170
At the very end of the blue sky     173
Raving     173
Colleagues     174
A Rice-Growing Episode     174
Flood     177
The Master of the Field     178
The Breeze Comes Filling the Valley     180
What a coward I am     183
No matter what he does, it's too late     184
Impressions of an Exhibition of Floating-World Paintings     185
In the leaden moonlight     189
The Third Art     190
The Landowner     191
Hateful Kuma Eats His Lunch     193
Since the doctor is still young     194
Night     195
A few more times      195
A horse     198
A Young Land Cultivation Department Technician's Recitative on Irises     199
The man I parted from, below     200
from During Illness & Other Poems
Koreans Pass, Drumming     203
Pneumonia     203
Ah that     204
Talking with Your Eyes     205
Past noon it's three o'clock     206
When that terrifying black cloud     206
Thump thump thump thump thump     207
Desperately trying to sleep to sleep     208
Wind is calling me out in front     209
My chest now     209
When I open my eyes an April wind     210
Night     210
While Ill     211
And it must be that I will die soon     212
(February 1929)     213
October 20th     214
(October) 28     216
Untitled     217
November 3rd     128
Two Tanka     221
On Miyazawa Kenji
Four Images   Tanikawa Shuntaro     225
We Are All Excellent Musical Instruments   Yoshimasu Gozo     229
Miyazawa Kenji   Michael O'Brien     235
Glossary of Japanese Names and Terms      237
Selected Bibliography     243
Acknowledgments     247
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