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I hate to do a plug for a project of my own, but it always has been a labor of love. I promote this poet, not because I translated him, but because I think he is worthy of being read (which is why I translated him).

The book is "Poems of the Goat", by the early 20th century Japanese poet Nakahara Chuya. I translated the volume and published it early this year. There is a review in the Japan Times that explains the man and his life well I think:

http://www.japantimes.com/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fb20020512a1.htm

Below is a sample poem from the volume:


This Moment of Passing


Dark gray seeps into the autumn sky—
The glint of a black horse's eye,
A lily's fallen, shriveled flower
O—that the heart would hollow

There's neither a god nor a guide
For the woman who died beside the window
Sight was lost in a sky of white
The white wind had a chill to it

Your arm had a certain gentleness when
You washed your hair by the window
And the morning sun spilled in
To the sound of water dripping slowly

The clamor of the villages once rang high,
The indistinguishable cries of children too
But then, what will become of this soul?
Fleeting, will it become one with the sky?


-"kotobuki"
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