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Jordan A. Y. Smith

Japanese translator

Jordan A. Y. Smith writes poetry and comic theater and has translated poetry by Yoshimasu Gozo (for Poetry Review, Tokyo Poetry Journal), Mizuta Noriko (The Road Home 2015; Sea of Blue Algae, 2016), Nomura Kiwao, Misumi Mizuki, Fuzuki Yumi, and Usami Kohji, and prose fiction from Alberto Fuguet and Fernando Iwasaki. He is currently Associate Professor in International Humanities at Josai International University, and has previously taught comparative literature, Japanese studies, literary translation, and English at California State Univ Long Beach, UCLA, Roger Williams University, UC Riverside, Pepperdine University, and Korea University. He graduated UC Santa Cruz (B.A. Modern Literature) and UCLA (Ph.D. Comparative Literature) and continues to study through research in translation studies, contemporary Japanese literature, and global comedy.


Alice Iris Red Horse

Poetry by Yoshimasu Gozo

translated by Sawako Nakayasu, Hiroaki Sato, Eric Selland, Jeffrey Angles, Richard Arno, Derek Gromadzki, Sayuri Okamoto, Auston Stewart, Kyoko Yoshida and Jordan A. Y. Smith
Edited by Forrest Gander
with a contribution by Derek Gromadzki


Yoshimasu Gozo's groundbreaking poetry has spanned over half a century since the publication of his first book, Departure, in 1964. Much of his work is highly unorthodox: it challenges the print medium and language itself, and consequently Alice Iris Red Horse is as much a book on translation as it is a book in translation. Since the late '60s, Gozo has collaborated with visual artists and free-jazz musicians. In the 1980s he began creating art objects engraved on copper plates and later produced photographs and video works. Alice Iris Red Horse contains translations of Gozo's major poems, representing his entire career. Also included are illuminating interviews, reproductions of Gozo's artworks, and photographs of his performances.Translated by Jeffrey Angles, Richard Arno, Forrest Gander, Derek Gromadzki, Sawako Nakayasu, Sayuri Okamoto, Hiroaki Sato, Eric Selland, Auston Stewart, Kyoko Yoshida, and Jordan A. Y. Smith. Introduction and notes by Derek Gromadzki. Edited by Forrest Gander.


Download "A Note on the Notes" and notes on the poems.