By Kenneth Rexroth

ISBN-10: 0811201813

ISBN-13: 9780811201810

The poems are drawn mainly from the conventional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, yet there also are examplaes of haiku and different later types. The sound of the japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets within the calligraphy of Ukai Uchiyama. The translator's creation provides us easy heritage at the historical past and nature of jap poetry, that is supplemented by way of notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.

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I yell but he’s gone. all around me people are eating, drinking and laughing. m. I haven’t been served yet and I’m 72 years old with a hangover and a leg from hell. I pull myself to my feet by the edge of the table and manage to hobble about looking for the maitre d’. I see him down a far aisle and wave him in. ” I ask. ” well, the 7th race went, the 8th race went, and still no service. I purchase my ticket for the 9th race and take the escalator down. on the first floor, I purchase a sandwich.

I feed his cats water his flowers and his lawn. I place his mail in a neat stack on his dining room table. am I the same man who planned to blow up the city of Los Angeles 15 years ago? I lock his door. I walk down his front walk pause stretch a moment in the sunset thinking, there’s still time, there’s still time for a comeback. I have never belonged with these others. I walk down the sidewalk toward my place being careful not to step on the cracks. 32 and I still won’t vote 10 boxes of crackerjack left over from Halloween.

I put the magazine back and walked outside, looked south north east west each direction was wrong. I started to walk along. what I did sense was that language properly used 46 could be bright and beautiful but I also sensed that there might be some more important things I had to learn first. 47 carry on! the famous actor came by, I poured him a wine as he sat near the warm fireplace. he was really a nice fellow, had been in the business for decades, said that he really liked what I wrote. I told him, “thank you,” and poured him another wine.

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