Women Poets of Japan

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Kenneth Rexroth, 育子·渥美
New Directions Publishing, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
In this collection (originally published by The Seabury Press in 1977 as The Burning Heart), Kenneth Rexroth and Ikuko Atsumi have assembled representative works of seventy-seven poets. Staring with the Classical Period (645-1604 A.D.), characterized by the wanka and tanka styles,followed by haiku poets of the Tokugawa period (to 1867), the subsequent modern tanka and haiku poets, and including the contemporary school of free verse "Women Poets of Japan" records twelve hundred years of poetic accomplishment. Included are biographical notes on the individual poets, an essay on Japanese women and literature, and a table of historical periods.
 

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Contents

Princess Nukada 7th Century
3
Yosami Wife of Hitomaro 8th Century
10
Lady Ise 910th Century
17
Akazome Emon ?1027
23
Daini no Sanmi 1011th Century
30
Lady Suwo 1112th Century
36
The Daughter of Minamoto no Toshitaka
42
AbutsuNi 12091283
45
Imaizumi SogetsuNi ?1804
58
Goto Miyoko 1898
71
Yagi Mikajo 1924
84
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About the author (1982)

Poet-essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was a high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, rock-climber, critic and translator, mentor, Catholic-Buddhist spiritualist and a prominent figure of San Francisco's Beat scene. He is regarded as a central figure of the San Francisco Renaissance and is among the first American poets to explore traditional Japanese forms such as the haiku.

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