Yoshimasu Gozo

by Yoshimasu Gozo

Alice Iris Red Horse

Yoshimasu Gozo

Alice Iris Red Horse

Poetry by Yoshimasu Gozo

Translated from the Japanese by Sawako Nakayasu Hiroaki Sato Eric Selland Jeffrey Angles Richard Arno Derek Gromadzki Sayuri Okamoto Auston Stewart Kyoko Yoshida Jordan A. Y. Smith

Edited by Forrest Gander

With a contribution by Derek Gromadzki

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Gozo Yoshimazu, an experimental Japanese poet, painter, musician, and shaman, is interested in breaking the written word open. A new career-spanning volume, Alice Iris Red Horse, gives a sense of his powers…[His] inclusiveness includes the universe and he invites us along.

—Emily Wolahan, The Quarterly Conversation

He became famous for his avant-garde work, which employs chance operations and other techniques, pushing Japanese poetry in radically new directions.


Born in 1939, influential and innovative, Gozo is widely known for his visual art and performances.

Boston Review

Gozo’s poems often explore, like Basho’s, moments in journeys that are at once physical and spiritual. His work sprawls, expanding and contracting like the universe.

—Forrest Gander
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