One Hundred Leaves: A new annotated translation of the Hyakunin Isshu – Fujiwara no Teika, Blue Flute (Editor and Translator)

FEATURED 📌 Rating: ★★★★ 20/07/18 Soon, we will not be in this world together And all will be a memory: Now, for just a moment, How I wish to meet. — Izumi Shikibu, #56 Better than Neruda, I tell you. One hundred people, one poem each. That’s the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a Japanese anthology compiled by Fujiwara … More One Hundred Leaves: A new annotated translation of the Hyakunin Isshu – Fujiwara no Teika, Blue Flute (Editor and Translator)

The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry – Lucien Stryk

Rating: ★★★★ 06/04/19  Taking hold, one’s astray in nothingness; Letting go, the Origin’s regained. Since the music stopped, no shadow’s touched My door: again the village moon’s above the river. —Kokai (1403-1469) This anthology consists of four parts: Chinese poems of enlightenment and death, Poems of the Japanese Zen masters, Japanese haiku and selected poetry by … More The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry – Lucien Stryk

The Moon Over Tagoto: Selected Haiku of Buson – Gabriel Rosenstock, John McDonald

Rating: ★★★★★ 02/03/19  The man who talked poetry Yosa Buson (1716–1784), a Japanese poet and painter of the Edo period. He is one of the four masters of haiku, the others being Matsuo Bashō, Kobayashi Issa and Masaoka Shiki. It has been said that Buson admired Bashō greatly (The Narrow Road to the Interior was a … More The Moon Over Tagoto: Selected Haiku of Buson – Gabriel Rosenstock, John McDonald

Great Tranquillity: Questions and Answers – Yehuda Amichai

Rating: ★★★★ 30/03/19  Closed are the doors Closed are the doors that were to be open to me forever. And those I can open guard vacant places like ancient despolied graves. I think about the love of people who have forgotten to take down decorations after the festival: what do they have left? Farewell to you … More Great Tranquillity: Questions and Answers – Yehuda Amichai

Meditations in an Emergency – Frank O’Hara

Rating: ★★★★ 27/01/19  Mayakovsky 4 Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern. The country is grey and brown and white in trees, snows and skies of laughter always diminishing, less funny not just darker, not just grey. It may be the coldest day of … More Meditations in an Emergency – Frank O’Hara

The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams Bianco, William Nicholson (Illustrator)

Rating: ★★★★ 03/02/18  This review was written months ago. A mix of Christmas, children, family, presents and literature brought it to the surface. Dec 19, 18 After watching another Friends marathon I noticed that The Velveteen Rabbit was mentioned twice. First, in a 1997 episode, “The One with the Dirty Girl” and four years later in … More The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams Bianco, William Nicholson (Illustrator)