Rexroth’s readings from the Japanese master poets are breathtaking in their simplicity and clarity.

New York Times

A lovely gift edition of the best classic Japanese haiku, incomparably translated by Kenneth Rexroth.

Written On The Sky

Poetry by Kenneth Rexroth

Edited by Eliot Weinberger

Over the years, thousands of readers have discovered the beauty of classic Japanese poetry through the superb English versions by the great American poet Kenneth Rexroth. Mostly haiku, these poems range from the classical and medieval to modern poetry, with an emphasis on folk songs and love lyrics. Because women played such an outstanding role in Japanese literature, included here are selections from their work, including the contemporary, deeply sensuous Marichiko. This elegant, beautifully designed gift book of poems spanning many centuries presents the original texts in romanji, the transliteration into the Western alphabet.

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Paperback (published April 1, 2009)

ISBN
9780811218375
Price US
12.95
Price CN
15
Trim Size
4x6
Page Count
96

Ebook (published April 1, 2009)

ISBN
9780811223942
Page Count
96

Kenneth Rexroth

20th Century American poet, essayist, and translator.

Rexroth’s readings from the Japanese master poets are breathtaking in their simplicity and clarity.

New York Times