100 Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth

By Kenneth Rexroth

The poems are drawn mainly from the conventional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, yet there also are examplaes of haiku and different later kinds. The sound of the japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets within the calligraphy of Ukai Uchiyama. The translator's advent provides us uncomplicated heritage at the heritage and nature of eastern poetry, that's supplemented by means of notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.

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The action seems to be wholly mysterious, as is fitting. We must reemphasize the complete independence of the author and his traces. Can we say that they are a “pathos”? an “image”? a “Nothing”? A breaking into the garden? Or a bridge? In any case, after this there is, for a time, no ghost in the stairwell, though a light appears in some neighboring window and goes out again. 27 This page intentionally left blank four This page intentionally left blank 1 Fate is cleverer than the king of Babylon.

The air is at rest, belting around. Nothing left for us to think about. Everything proclaims the same language, not the same thought. French windows, open wide, flood the room with regular patterns, like a military parade. A large hall to contain them. Pleasure at every step. Soldiers swaying in the breeze, their abundance and their freedom. Counterblow to night. I must devour you—skin, hair, and all. We must provide for winter. Now let us examine the dwellings of the kingdom of heaven. What happens to the severed parts?

Snow spreads a white sheet over the grave. Will you come? Verbatim. While wishing still fulfills. Keep your eye out for me, in the vicinity of that tree. I will be near it. Perhaps, in spring, as a child reaching for the center. Look at the sycamore: tall, healthy, flashing its regalia. 54 transcendental studies Falling in Love through a Description Such a love is a tumbledown building without any foundations.

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