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  • "Three Demons":Sanki Haiku I
  • Sanki Saitō (bio)
    Translated from Japanese by Ryan C. K. Choi


Flesh-colored spring

                        moon,                        flaringabove the graves.


to the North Star, thepillar of ice grows fat.

Airstrip, yellowing,

                        terminates in the winter


                        Cold seas

Pilot and dog                        Frolicthrough dead grass


                        androll around. [End Page 57]

                        Right eye

                        Winter sea

                        Angryabout money,                        sweat

                        dripson dirt. [End Page 58]

Sanki Saitō

Sanki Saitō (1900–1962) was a Japanese writer, most famous for his haiku, which he began writing in his thirties while practicing dentistry, and for which he was imprisoned during the Second World War. His four major collections are Flags (1940), Night Peaches (1948), Today (1952), and Transformations (1962). "Sanki" is a nom de plume that means "three demons."

Ryan C. K. Choi

Ryan C. K. Choi is a writer, translator, composer, and musician. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. His work appears or is forthcoming in Harvard Review, Kyoto Journal, New York Tyrant, Brooklyn Rail, and River Styx.



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