On Arrival

On Arrival

by Paul Rossiter


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Paul Rossiter arrived in Japan in 1981, and during the next decade he rarely returned to Europe, instead setting out to see as much of East and South East Asia as he could. On Arrival gathers the writing that was one result of that curiosity. It includes poems from the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand, as well as one each from the USA and Australia, while the title section of the book consists of ‘notebook poems’ recording incidents, encounters and experiences during the first year of his life in Japan. In addition, some brief satirical pieces in the section titled ‘Current Accounts’ comment sharply on public affairs in 1989–1991: economic bubbles, perestroika, the rise of fundamentalism, and the first Gulf War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784907359287
Publisher: Isobar Press
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Originally from Cornwall, Paul Rossiter lived in London before moving to Kuwait in 1980, and then to Japan in 1981. After retiring from teaching at the University of Tokyo in 2012, he founded Isobar Press, which specialises in publishing both English-language poetry from Japan and translations of modern and contemporary Japanese poetry. On Arrival is Paul Rossiter's eighth book of poems.

Table of Contents


I News of the World

The Blue Edge


Poseokjeong Bower

Ginseng Wine with Mr Kwon

Watching the World Lightweight Boxing

Championship on TV While Eating Dinner in a

Bulgogi Restaurant in Kyongju with Pam

Three Stone Buddhas

How to Paint the World

Pak Wayan, Sitting on the Veranda of His Losmen

The Waves

Over the Mountains

In the Village

Some Roads in Bali


Mount Batur

A Dance in Ubud

Hall of Justice


A Courtyard in Bangli

II On Arrival

On Arrival

Straw Against the Winter

Zazen for Foreigners

All That Flows

In Izu

Mountain Road

Glimpsing the Garden


Four Postcards from Kyoto


Philosopher’s Walk



Climbing, Descending

Deep in the Night

III Current Accounts


The Real Thing


Guinness Book of Records

Capitalism in the Eighties

Supper in Houston

The Albanian Deprivation


A Slight Misunderstanding of the Nature

of Democracy in the Friday Sermon

Hit List

Live from Cairo

IV In the World

In the World

Hotel Bangkok

Gold Rush

Ceremony at Ayers Rock

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