Written on the Sky (Paperback)

Poems from the Japanese

By Eliot Weinberger (Editor), Kenneth Rexroth (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811218375, 96pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 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.