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Howling at the Moon and Blue [Paperback]

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Item description for Howling at the Moon and Blue by Hagiwara Sakutaro, Hiroaki Sato, Philip Gavitt, Douglas Richardson, Elizabeth Hunter, Olive E. Kenny, Lorne Kenny & Christopher Tingley...

Born into a wealthy family, Hagiwara Sakutaro (18861942) was able as a young man to devote himself to poetry. Although he did not finish college, he read Western authors, including Poe, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Dostoevsky. His major works of poetry, written in 1917 and 1923, were Howling at the Moon and Blue, collected in this volume. These books transformed modern Japanese poetry, and changed forever the face of the future poetic landscape in Japan.

Brilliantly translated by Hiroaki Sato, this book was originally published by the University of Tokyo Press, and has long been out of print.

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Pages   316
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.25" Height: 5.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   Green Integer
ISBN  1931243018  
ISBN13  9781931243018  

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Manic-Depressive Poetry with a Taisho Twist  Jun 29, 2006
Anyone who'd like to acquaint themselves with the chief poetic works of Hagiwara Sakutaro--a key Japanese poet of the early twentieth century--need look no further than this diminutive little book. Hagiwara's two most significant poetry collections, "Howling at the Moon" and "Blue" are included in full here, along with some more characteristic poems from other collections and then his hallucinogenic prose-poem "Cat Town"...the latter being a real trip in itself. Most of Hagiwara's poems in this edition are modernist and full of surreal imagery; in mood, they are suffused with a melancholy atmosphere (which occasionally borders dangerously on the maudlin or the monotonous) that inevitably reminds me of music by Smashing Pumpkins or the Cure. That said, Hagiwara has a unique vision here, one that will speak to anyone who has felt moody on a cloudy day (especially as a teenager). The translator, Sato Hiroaki, has worked hard to render all of this in English, and he really captures the 1920's feel of the poems here, too.

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