Poems of a Penisist by Mutsuo TakahashiPoems of a Penisist by Mutsuo Takahashi

Poems of a Penisist

byMutsuo TakahashiTranslated byHiroaki Sato

Paperback | November 29, 2012

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“In the name of / Man, member, / and the holy fluid, / Amen,” begins Mutsuo Takahashi’s epic one-thousand-line erotic fantasy poem, “Ode,” the centerpiece of his groundbreaking collection of queer poetry, Poems of a Penisist. Takahashi’s work, reminiscent of Walt Whitman’s, is a celebration of the male body, treating homosexual desire as something sacred. Stunningly beautiful and passionate, Poems of a Penisist is one of the most important compilations of homoerotic poetry written in the twentieth century.

Mutsuo Takahashi is one of Japan’s leading living poets. He has published more than three dozen anthologies of poetry and is a prolific essayist, literary historian, and critic.Hiroaki Sato is a Japanese poet and prolific translator who writes frequently for the Japan Times. Burton Watson is an award-winning translator of Chinese and J...
Title:Poems of a PenisistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:November 29, 2012Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081667972X

ISBN - 13:9780816679720


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"Mr. Takahashi was exempted from the human principle that every young boy grows up to be a young man. . . . He did not have to go down to the bottom of the sea, down to the bottom of the female genitalia, which many a young man mistakes for a philosophy, mistakes for profundity." —Yukio Mishima