Approach to Distance: Selected Poems from Japan by Peter RobinsonApproach to Distance: Selected Poems from Japan by Peter Robinson

Approach to Distance: Selected Poems from Japan

byPeter RobinsonTranslated byMiki Iwata

Paperback | March 20, 2017

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Peter Robinson (1953– ) is among Britain’s internationally recognized contemporary poets. He has also had a long and deep relationship with Japan, the country where he would spend eighteen years teaching English literature in Sendai and Kyoto. Approach to Distance: Selected Poems from Japan presents a bilingual gathering of the poems he wrote during his residence in the country, a key period in his creative life. Miki Iwata’s introduction sets the choice of poems in context, and her translations bring over into Japanese the emotional intelligence, trans-cultural understanding, and wit-inflected feeling that characterize this poet’s widely appreciated work.

‘It’s as if he carries a listening device, alert for the moments when the tectonic plates of mental experience slide quietly one beneath another to create paradoxes and complexities that call for poems to be made’ – Roy Fisher

‘… a major English poet’ – Poetry Review

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Peter Robinson is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, together with translations, aphorisms, short fiction and criticism. He has been awarded the Cheltenham Prize, the John Florio Prize and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His recent publications include Collected Poems 1976-2016 (Shearsman Books), and a novel, Sept...
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Title:Approach to Distance: Selected Poems from JapanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.28 inPublished:March 20, 2017Publisher:Isobar PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:4907359187

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
A Dedication 22
Lost Objects 26
The Yellow Tank 30
Leaving Sapporo 34
Deep North 38
After Bansui 42
Aftershocks 50
Italian in Sendai 60
Winter Interiors 62
For My Daughter 64
Coat Hanger 68
Typhoon Weather 72
Animal Sendai 74
Winter Zoo Encounter 78
Equivocal Isle 82
All Around 86
Occasional Sunset 90
Pasta-Making 92
Alien Registration 94
Calm Autumn 96
What Have You 100
From the World 102
The Last Resort 106
Silence Revisited 108
All Times Are Local 112

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‘It’s as if he carries a listening device, alert for the moments when the tectonic plates of mental experience slide quietly one beneath another to create paradoxes and complexities that call for poems to be made’ – Roy Fisher

‘… a major English poet’ – Poetry Review