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Disappearance of the Butterfly (Asian Poetry in Translation Japan)

Tsujii, Takashi; Brady, Robert; Wegmiller, Akemi

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ISBN 10: 094266843X / ISBN 13: 9780942668438
Published by Katydid Books, Santa Fe, 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Blue cloth with gilt lettering. Ownership signature of Canadian writer Greg Gatenby to flyleaf. Loosely inserted Complimentary card from Takashi Tsujii. Asian Poetry in Translation Series: Japan #16. A good clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # 003040

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Title: Disappearance of the Butterfly (Asian Poetry...

Publisher: Katydid Books, Santa Fe

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated from the Japanese by Janine Beichman. "One of Ooka's virtues was that he was not an intellectual, someone who has forgotten that human beings are more important than ideas, that human beings take priorityover everything. This poet knows, in the deepest sense, that human relationships rest on the relation of human beings to nature and to the universe. It is not difficult to see traces of the surrealist influence that colores Ooka's youth. But in contrast to many other Japanese poets, Ooka was never a blind worshipper of anything imported. Ooka is convinced that only when you approach actuality from two mutually opposing sides can you get a glimpse of its entirety. Rather than pantheism, the undercurrent of Ooka's poetry is paneroticism and it is that which saves him from indulging in conceptualization." Fromthe preface by Tanikawa Shuntaro.

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Tom Fitzsimmons, emeritus professor of literature, Oakland University, lives near Santa Fe. He was formerly writer/editor for"The New Republic" and feature writer for "The Asahi Daily News".

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