Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. Translated by Jeffrey Angles, Jen Crawford, Carol Hayes, Rina Kikuchi, You Sakai, Sawako Nakayaso. This first English-language volume from Japanese poet, performer and publisher Takako Arai collects engaging, rhythmically intense narrative poems set in the silk weaving factory where Arai grew up. FACTORY GIRLS depicts the secretive yet bold world of the women workers as well as the fate of these kinds of regional, feminine, collaborative spaces in a current-day Japan defined by such corporate and climate catastrophes as the rise of Uniqlo and the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Takako Arai is an avant-garde poet born in 1966 in Kiryū, Japan, an area historically known for its magnificent weaving. She is the author of three Japanese books of poetry and is known for her descriptions of the lives of the women she saw in the small factory on her father's property. She is the winner of the Oguma Hideo Prize and was a participant in the Iowa International Writing Program. She lives in Yokohama and is an associate professor at Saitama University.Author City: YOKOHAMA JAP