In the poems of Kazuko Shiraishi East and West connect and unite fortuitously. In her poems, Japan and Europe have entered into an inseparable marriage. Something very special and unusual defines these poems. On the way to a world culture, to a comprehensive world literature, Kazuko Shiraishi's poetry marks one step. And it refutes Kipling's dictum that East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet. In Kazuko Shiraishi's poems this meeting has already happened.
—Gunter Kunert

Let Those Who Appear

Poetry by Kazuko Shiraishi

Over twenty-five years ago New Directions, at the urging of Kenneth Rexroth, published Seasons of Sacred Lust, a selection of poems by a young Japanese writer, Kazuko Shiraishi. The book toured around the world, accompanying Ms. Shiraishi to almost any country one can think of as she gave readings and participated in various poetry events. By now however, Seasons is but a prelude to Shiraishi’s greater accomplishments. It has been followed by more than fifteen new collections in Japan and, moving beyond her early Beat-related work, her poetry has developed an impressive range and depth. Let Those Who Appear contains selections from various recently-published books as carefully translated by Samuel Grolmes and Yumiko Tsumura. The title poem is from Shiraishi’s 1996 book which received three prestigious awards in Japan––the Yomiuri Literature Award, the Takami Jun Poetry Award, and the very special Purple Ribbon Medal from the Emperor of Japan.

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Paperback (published April 1, 2002)

ISBN
9780811215107
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12.95
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7x8
Page Count
64

Kazuko Shiraishi

Contemporary experimental Japanese poet

In the poems of Kazuko Shiraishi East and West connect and unite fortuitously. In her poems, Japan and Europe have entered into an inseparable marriage. Something very special and unusual defines these poems. On the way to a world culture, to a comprehensive world literature, Kazuko Shiraishi's poetry marks one step. And it refutes Kipling's dictum that East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet. In Kazuko Shiraishi's poems this meeting has already happened.
—Gunter Kunert