Kyoto-Dwelling by Edith Marcombe Shiffert
Poems: A Year of Brief Poems

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"Japanese poets of the 20th century have come vividly to life in this anthology, giving the reader excellent, memorable material showing work in the old forms and new ways of writing tanka, haiku and free verse."
--Modern Haiku

Although living amid continuous change, the poet has chosen to help us see the things that have outlasted all changes: bamboo groves and the red leaves of autumn, waterfalls and quiet ponds, and, of course, the mountains that surround the city--Hiei, Yoshinda, and others--

In the early morning
snowfall, and Daimon ji's peak
just a white shadow.

With the poet we walk through the forest and along the trails of the mountains, paying homage to the spirits of those who have walked there before--

Sitting for an hour
by the tea hut without tea.
Basho an Buson!

The poems, over 350 in all, are beautifully complemented by the traditional Japanese ink-paintings of Kyoto-born artist Kohka Saito.

About Edith Marcombe Shiffert

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Edith Shiffert has lived in Kyoto, Japan since 1963. She is the author of eleven collections of poetry including: When On the Edge, New and Selected Poems, and In the Ninth Decade. In addition she has co-translated several volume of poetry from Japanese including An Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry and Haiku Master Buson.
Published December 15, 1989 by Tuttle Publishing. 116 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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