Written On The Sky: Poems From The Japanese by Kenneth RexrothWritten On The Sky: Poems From The Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth

Written On The Sky: Poems From The Japanese

byKenneth Rexroth

Paperback | March 24, 2009

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I go out of the darkness
Onto a road of darkness
Lit only by the far off
Moon on the edge of the mountains.
—Izumi Shikobu

Over the years, thousands of readers have discovered the beauty of classic Japanese poetry through the superb English versions by the great American poet Kenneth Rexroth. Mostly haiku, these poems range from the classical and medieval to modern poetry, with an emphasis on folk songs and love lyrics. Because women played such an outstanding role in Japanese literature, included here are selections from their work, including the contemporary, deeply sensuous Marichiko. This elegant, beautifully designed gift book of poems spanning many centuries presents the original texts in romanji, the transliteration into the Western alphabet.
Poet-essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was a high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, rock-climber, critic and translator, mentor, Catholic-Buddhist spiritualist and a prominent figure of San Francisco's Beat scene. He is regarded as a central figure of the San Francisco Renaissance and is among the firs...
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Title:Written On The Sky: Poems From The JapaneseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 6 × 4 × 0.3 inPublished:March 24, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811218376

ISBN - 13:9780811218375

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“A tiny perfect little book. It made us forget totally we were on a subway.” — Fukuda Chiyo-Ni, (The House of Pomegranates)“I must have Kenneth Rexroth’s translations from the Japanese at once!” — William Carlos Williams“Rexroth was steeped in the world’s spiritual and literary traditions, absorbing ideas and philosophy into his poetry all his life.” — American Poetry Review“The best Japanese poetry gathered and translated by Rexroth, including poems by Haito Joso, Prime Minister Kintsune, and Matsuo Basho.” — Ray Gonzalez (Bloomsbury Review)