Category Archives: Japanese poetry

Joanne Kyger and Gary Snyder

November 23, 2011 ‘The name is Joanne Kyger, yes, with a “y.”   As in “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright.”  She was with the Beats.   And she knew some Japanese — she’d learned it when she went to Kyoto with her … Continue reading

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Richard Wright’s Haiku

November 16, 2011 I never thought his career would end in this way: thousands of these 17-syllable poems, with no narrative, nothing that adds up, just a passing thought, the briefest of observations, seemingly going nowhere: Meticulously The cat licks … Continue reading

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Question of scale

November 9, 2011 A great conference at the University of Maryland.  “Rethinking World Literature/ Other World Literatures” — this is what a lot of us claim to be doing, but probably not with the same panache, conviction, and embarrassment about … Continue reading Continue reading

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