Author: Ooka Makoto
A string around autumn : selected poems 1952-1980
English versions by the author and Thomas Fitzsimmons from translations by Takako Lento and Onuma Tadayoshi.
The colors of poetry : essays on classic Japanese verse
Contents: Transcending color. Sleeping alone. Heart and words. Depth, not knowledge. The flower in Waka. In praise of now: Heian poetry
Elegy and benediction : selected poems, 1947-89
The poetry and poetics of ancient Japan
It was the noblewomen of the 10th and 11th centuries who freed Japanese literature from the domination of formal Chinese writing to create a poetry shaped by spoken Japanese. Many centuries later it was again women, this time courtesans and prostitutes, who through popular song liberated a poetry more and more restricted by increasingly rarified […]
A poet’s anthology : the range of Japanese poetry
Translated by Janine Beichman, with Japanese originals in both kanji-kana and romaji versions. An ideal tool for the study of the Japanese poetic tradition by an internationally esteemed former president of PEN Japan, the author of over 19 collections of poetry and over 180 other works.
A play of mirrors : eight major poets of modern Japan
Translated by 15 leading scholars and poets. Ooka and Fitzsimmons present a vivid sample of the works of eight of the foremost contemporary Japanese poets born between 1919 and 1939. An invaluable introduction for students and scholars with clear, incisive introductions to each selection.
Beneath the sleepless tossing of the planets : selected poems, 1972-1989