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Shuntaro Tanikawa

The Art of Being Alone

Translated with Introduction by Takako U. Lento

Publication Year: 2011

This extensive selection of Tanikawa Shuntaro's poetry reflects the full depth and breadth of his work, from his appearance as a fresh new voice to the mastery of his later poetry. It traces his artistic development and his shift in focus from man's cosmic destiny to the pathos of everyday life and a more internalized struggle with the nature of human expression. Lovers of poetry will find the experience exhilarating. The only such collection in English, this volume will prove indispensable to students and scholars of Japanese literature, as it opens a valuable new perspective on postware Japanese literature. The Introduction clarifies the social and artistic background of Tanikawa's extraordinary work and career, illuminating major themes as his poetry evolves over time.

Published by: East Asia Program, Cornell University

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

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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p. 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


E-ISBN-13: 9781933947976
Print-ISBN-13: 9781933947273

Page Count: 260
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: First hc

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  • Tanikawa, Shuntarō, 1931- -- Translations into English.
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