Poetry. East Asia Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Japanese by Kyoko Yoshida and Forrest Gander. If you think of haiku when you think of Japanese poetry, this book will be a huge surprise. The strange and wild poems of Kiwao Nomura deal with sex and loss and memory by making unpredictable leaps of association. Imagine Fugazi singing philosophy and you get close. Inspired by shamanism, Kiwao Nomura sounds like nothing you've ever heard before and like something you want to hear over and over. He is one of the two or three of the most influential living Japanese poets, and his work will be as stunningly original and compelling to contemporary Americans as haiku was to the late Victorians. Anyone interested in making contact with Japanese culture will want to read SPECTACLE & PIGSTY.
Author City: Saitama JAP
Kiwao Nomura was born October 20, 1951, in Saitama Prefecture. He graduated from Waseda University, majoring in Japanese literature. A leading writer of the post-war generation, he is in the forefront of contemporary poetry. At the same time, he is known to be a prolific critic, translator, and essayist on comparative poetics. His work has been translated into many languages and published in magazines abroad, especially in France and the United States. He has performed internationally and released two CDs of collaborations with musicians. He played a leading role in "Contemporary Poetry Festival 95: Poetry Goes Out" and "Contemporary Poetry Festival 97: Dance and Poésie." In 2007, he organized "The Festival of International Poetry: Toward the Pacific Rim." From August to November 2005, he was a fellow at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in the United States. In December of the same year, he served as a director of the "Japan-European Contemporary Poetry Festival in Tokyo."
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