Shuntarō Tanikawa: Selected Poems
Translated by William I. Elliott and Kazuo Kawamura
Bringing together the Japanese tradition of poetic compactness, a fascination with America and the West, and a love of words that transcends specific culture and language altogether, Shntarō Tanikawa is an international treasure.
In Selected Poems choice work from his ongoing career is ripe with curiosity, candor, and play. Whether fixating on an object, an artist, or a geography, Tanikawa is insatiable in his imaginings of his subject's conditions, infinite in his compassion and willingness to consider the world close at hand, and far removed.
Shuntarō Tanikawa was born in 1931 in Tokyo. He is the author of some 60 books of poetry, as well as plays, and scripts for film, television, and radio. He is the Japanese translator of Charles Schultz's Peanuts and of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes. The winner of every major award and distinction in Japan for his poetry, Tanikawa has also won an American Book Award for Floating in the River Melancholy and is the recipient of a 2000 Mobil Children's Culture Award.
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