Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-xiv

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Acknowledgment

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pp. xv-xviii

...First and foremost I am grateful to Mr. Tanikawa for his trust in me and his generosity in allowing the inclusion of a wide range of his poetry in this book. His responses to my questions have been always helpful, to the point, and limited to factual matters. I greatly appreciate his firm commitment to letting his poetry speak for itself and his willingness to allow alternate readings of the same poems...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-42

...In one corner of a large hall Tanikawa Shuntarō was sitting in a chair, legs crossed, all by himself. This was in early 1971 in New York, following a poetry reading by three prominent Japanese poets: Tanikawa, Tamura Ryūichi, and Katagiri Yuzuru. The excitement in the hall was still palpable, but he was like a bronze statue, back straight, head up. Earlier in the...

Poems 1952–2009

Alone in Two Billion Light Years

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pp. 45-50

62 Sonnets

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pp. 51-54

On Love

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pp. 55-61

21

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pp. 62-72

Journey

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pp. 73-89

A Pensive Youth

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pp. 90-92

The Day Small Birds Vanished from the Sky

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pp. 93-96

At Midnight in the Kitchen I Wanted to Talk to You

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pp. 97-106

Definitions

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pp. 107-109

Fragments of a Forged Talamaikan Manuscript

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pp. 110-126

Selected Poems ofTanikawa Shuntarō II

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pp. 127-127

Coca Cola Lesson

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pp. 128-133

The Map of Days

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pp. 134-140

Letters

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pp. 141-143

Naked

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pp. 144-145

To a Woman

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pp. 146-150

Clueless

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pp. 151-155

The Eighteen Year Old

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pp. 156-159

Listening to Mozart

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pp. 160-162

Rather than Snow White

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pp. 163-167

minimal

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pp. 168-187

Poet’s Tomb

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pp. 188-192

Watashi (I Myself )

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pp. 193-230

Tromsф Collage

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pp. 231-243

Further Reading

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pp. 244-246