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River of Stars Selected Poems of Yosano Akiko

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ISBN-10: 1570621462

ISBN-13: 9781570621468

Edition: N/A

Authors: Akiko Yosano, Sam Hamill, Keiko M. Gibson

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Yosano Akiko (1878-942) is one of the most famous Japanese writers of the twentieth century. She is the author of more than seventy-five books, including twenty volumes of original poetry and the definitive translation into modern Japanese of theTale of the Genji.Although probably best known for her exquisite erotic poetry, Akiko's work also championed the causes of feminism, pacifism, and social reform. Akiko's poetry is profoundly direct, often passionate, exposing the complexity of everyday emotions in poetic language stripped of artifice and presenting the full breadth of her poetic vision. Included are ninety-one of Akiko's tanka (a traditional five-line form of verse) and a dozen of her longer poems written in the modern style.
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/18/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Yosano's romantic verse and concern for the welfare of the individual inspired her contemporaries and generations of later poets. While later feminist writers felt the need to abandon their traditional roles in order to write, Yosano felt that her love affair and eventual marriage with her teacher of tanka (Yosano Tekkan), her raising of 11 children, and her life as a homemaker and mother stimulated her creativity.

Sam Hamill was born in 1943 and at the age of 3, was adopted from foster care by a family from Utah. Early experiences with violence, theft, jail time, and boot camp were offset by his growing interest in poetry. He attended Los Angeles Valley College and the University of California in Santa Barbara. As a UCSB student, Hamill won a $500 award for producing the best university literary magazine in the country. With that money he left UCSB and co-founded the all-poetry Copper Canyon Press with Bill O'Daly and Tree Swenson. Hamill was editor-printer for the press from 1972 until 2004. He has written more than a dozen collections of poetry including Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995, Gratitude, Dumb Luck, Almost Paradise: New and Selected Poems and Translations, and Measured by Stone. He also published several collections of essays and numerous translations including A Poet's Work and Crossing the Yellow River: 300 Poems from the Chinese. He has taught in prisons, in artist-in-residency programs, and has worked extensively with battered woman and children. He has won two Washington Governor's Arts Awards, the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing, and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award for poetry.

Introduction
Tanka
Mountain Moving Day
The Only Question
A Wish about Poetry
The Universe and Myself
Self-Awareness
Women Are Plunder
The Town of Amazement
Cold Supper
You Shall Not Be Killed, Brother!
Love
First Labor Pains
A Blow from My Son August
Index of First Lines
About the Translators and the Artist