River of Stars

Selected Poems of Yosano Akiko
Author(s): Various
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Mar 18, 1997
Product Number: EB00688123
Released: Oct 31, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780834829336
Publisher: Shambhala
Please log in to view pricing


Yosano Akiko (1878–1942) is one of the most famous Japanese writers of the twentieth century. She is the author of more than seventy-five books, including twenty volumes of original poetry and the definitive translation into modern Japanese of the Tale of the Genji. Although probably best known for her exquisite erotic poetry, Akiko's work also championed the causes of feminism, pacifism, and social reform. Akiko's poetry is profoundly direct, often passionate, exposing the complexity of everyday emotions in poetic language stripped of artifice and presenting the full breadth of her poetic vision. Included are ninety-one of Akiko's tanka (a traditional five-line form of verse) and a dozen of her longer poems written in the modern style.

Sign up for our email newsletter