Shuntaro Tanikawa by Shuntaro Tanikawa
Selected Poems

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A major selection of the work of Japan's preeminent poet. Winner of every significant award for literature in Japan, Shuntaro Tanikawa is that country's foremost living poet. Selected Poems draws from eleven books written over forty years and is masterfully translated in close collaboration with the poet. It is the only major collection of Tanikawa's work available in English. Tanikawa writes a free verse filled with passion and curiosity. American readers will be struck by his fascination with their world and culture--Charlie Brown, John Coltrane, and Oscar Hammer-stein are among those with significant cameos. He also displays a strong poetic connection to his American contemporaries, the Beat and Black Mountain poets, especially Robert Creeley and Allen Ginsberg. In Selected Poems, readers are treated to an urbane feast of discovery, philosophy, and play.
 

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Shuntaro Tanikawa was born in 1931 in Tokyo, the son of a phShuntaro Tanikawa was born in 1931 in Tokyo, the son of a philosopher. His first book of poems was published in 1952. Hiilosopher. His first book of poems was published in 1952. His poetry has been collected in more than sixty books and tras poetry has been collected in more than sixty books and translated into fifteen languages. In addition, he has translatnslated into fifteen languages. In addition, he has translated Mother Goose rhymes and Charles Schultz's Peanuts into Jaed Mother Goose rhymes and Charles Schultz's Peanuts into Japanese. He has earned a reputation as one of Japan's most inpanese. He has earned a reputation as one of Japan's most inventive masters of form and language. In 1989 he received thventive masters of form and language. In 1989 he received the American Book Award for Floating the River in Melancholy. e American Book Award for Floating the River in Melancholy.
 
Published February 5, 2001 by Persea Books. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Author of more than 60 books of poetry, Tanikawa is perhaps Japan's most well-known and accomplished living poet, and garnered a 1989 American Book Award for the Floating the River in Melancholy, a fully translated single volume now out of print.

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