By Stephen Addiss, Fumiko Yamamoto, Akira Yamamoto
This get together of what's possibly the main influential of all poetic varieties takes haiku again to its jap roots, starting with poems through the 17th- and eighteenth-century masters Basho, Busson, and Issa, and going all of the approach as much as the overdue 20th century to supply a survey of haiku in the course of the centuries, in all its minimalist glory.
The translators have balanced faithfulness to the japanese with an appreciation of the original spirit of every poem to create English types that evoke the enjoyment and beauty of the originals with an analogous unbelievable economic climate of language.
An advent by way of the translators and brief biographies of the poets are incorporated. Reproductions of woodblock prints and work accompany the poems.
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Our housekeys were crossing each other in a coat of arms, breaking the law; meanwhile strangers were shooting craps with what was left of our language, our lot. 27 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop Half-mauled, maskfaced, a corbel-stone deep in the eyeslit-crypt: inward, upward, toward the cranial interior, where you turn heaven over and over in furrow and fold he plants his image. It outgrows itself, it grows out. 28 page 28 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop page 29 From ﬁsts white with the truth of the beaten word-wall a new brain breaks into bloom.
An eye, cut into strips, does justice to it all. 18 page 18 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop page 19 (I know you: you’re the one who’s bent so low. You hold me—I’m the riddled one—in bondage. What word could burn as witness for us two? You’re my reality. ) 19 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop Singable remainder—trace of one who—mute, remote—broke out of bounds through sicklescripts of snow. Headed for the residue of a gaze revolving under cometbrows, a tiny darkened heartmoon packs the spark it caught at large.
I hear it’s not getting later at all. Here Bogus and Boring, back in the saddle, set the pace. Instead of you, there are halogen lamps. Instead of our homes, light-traps, terminus-temples. Diaphanous, black, the juggler’s pennant is at its lowest point. The hard-won Umlaut in the unword: your light reﬂected: tunnel-shield for a local shade of thought. 39 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop Spasms, I love you, psalms, O semensmeared one, feelwalls deep in the gulch of you exult, You, eternal, uneternitized, eternitized, uneternal you, selah, into you, into you I sing the scarscore of the bone-staff, O red of reds, strummed far behind the pubic hair, in caves, out there, round and round the inﬁnite non of the canon, you throw at me the nine-timestwined and dripping wreath of trophy teeth.