For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut (New Directions Paperbook)

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9780811217484: For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut (New Directions Paperbook)

Winner of a PEN Translation Fund Award: A lyrical, supercharged, dizzying collection in a unique bilingual format: like two halves of the walnut, the English text meets the Japanese half-way

The radiant subway. The wall that clears up, endless. A thundering prayer of steel that fastens together the days, a brush of cloud hanging upon it, O beginning, it is there―your nest. Thus the keynotes of Hiraide’s utterly original book-length poem unfold―a mix of narrative, autobiography, minute scientific observations, poetics, rhetorical experiments, hyper-realistic images, and playful linguistic subversions―all scored with the precision of a mathematical-musical structure.

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Takashi Hiraide was born in Moji, Kitakyushu in 1950. He has published numerous books of poetry as well as several books of genre-bending essays, including one on poetics and baseball. He currently lives in the west suburbs of Tokyo with a cat and his wife, the poet Michiyo Kawano.

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“Even in translation, [Hiraide's] fine poetry really shines. At times I am reminded of T.S. Eliot.”
- Kenzaburo Oe

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