Other side river: free verse
Japanese poets have been writing tanka and haiku for hundreds of years. Japanese free verse, however, is barely a century old, and women's free verse in Japan is younger still. This collection introduces the work of some 3 dozen of Japan's finest women poets who specialize in free verse. Working in a relatively "new" and "Western" form, these poets are able to explore subjects and styles with greater depth and freedom than Japan's traditional short poetic forms might allow. Yet their sensibility remains Japanese: literary allusion and seasonal references abound. And there is something new: a political and social awareness of being female in Japan's male-centered society.
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introduction by hza lowitz
keiko matsui gibson
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