Bathhouse and Other Tanka

(Author) (Translator)

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5.54 X 8.43 X 0.26 inches | 0.38 pounds

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About the Author

Tatsuhiko Ishii, poet and essayist, was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1952. For much of his life, he worked as a journalist for one of Japan's largest newspapers and book publishers, The Asahi Shimbun, covering cultural affairs locally and abroad, while also working for their editorial, advertising, and production departments. At age twenty he won the New Poet's Prize in Japan, and in 1997 he received an Asian Cultural Council grant to spend several months in the United States to research gay culture. Ishii has published a dozen collections of tanka since 1982, one edition of which appeared in France in 2012.
Hiroaki Sato is a translator of Japanese poetry and prose, classical and modern, who has won a PEN Translation Prize and two Japanese-U.S. Friendship Commission translation prizes. A newspaper and magazine columnist for forty years, particularly for The Japan Times, he is also a book reviewer and contributes essays to many publications. His nonfiction book On Haiku ("a treasure"--Books on Asia) and his translation of Sakutaro Hagiwara's The Iceland are both published by New Directions. He is also the author of the recent A Bridge of Words: Views across America and Japan.


Hiroaki Sato's brilliant translation maintains Ishii's innovations, including the poet's nontraditional use of punctuation. This collection is an excellent introduction to the beauty of Ishii's verse.--Isle McElroy "Vulture"
During the Heian period, tanka were used as a form of communication between lovers. Ishii's tanka retain some of that ancient veneer, agony obfuscated by apathy, the body of the beloved, just out of damp reach.--Nina Li Coomes "The Believer"