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Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese
     

Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese

by Eliot Weinberger
 

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“Rexroth’s readings from the Japanese master poets are breathtaking in their simplicity and clarity.”—The New York Times

I go out of the darkness
Onto a road of darkness
Lit only by the far off
Moon on the edge of the mountains.

—Izumi Shikobu

Over the years, thousands of readers

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“Rexroth’s readings from the Japanese master poets are breathtaking in their simplicity and clarity.”—The New York Times

I go out of the darkness
Onto a road of darkness
Lit only by the far off
Moon on the edge of the mountains.

—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.

Editorial Reviews

American Poetry Review
“Rexroth was steeped in the world’s spiritual and literary traditions, absorbing ideas and philosophy into his poetry all his life.”
Bloomsbury Review
The best Japanese poetry gathered and translated by Rexroth, including poems by Haito Joso, Prime Minister Kintsune, and Matsuo Basho.”— Ray Gonzalez
Fukuda Chiyo-Ni
“A tiny perfect little book. It made us forget totally we were on a subway.”
William Carlos Williams
“I must have Kenneth Rexroth’s translations from the Japanese at once!”
Ray Gonzalez - Bloomsbury Review
“The best Japanese poetry gathered and translated by Rexroth, including poems by Haito Joso, Prime Minister Kintsune, and Matsuo Basho.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811223942
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/20/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,061,919
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.
Poet-essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was a high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, rock-climber, critic and translator, mentor, Catholic-Buddhist spiritualist and a prominent figure of San Francisco's Beat scene. He is regarded as a central figure of the San Francisco Renaissance and is among the first American poets to explore traditional Japanese forms such as the haiku.

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