Kaneko Tohta is regarded around the world as one of the great poets of contemporary haiku, but relatively little of his work has been available in languages other than his native Japanese. The Kon Nichi Translation Group, attached to Kumamoto University, is seeking to redress that situation. IkimonofŻei, an extended essay on the topic of composing haiku on living beings, is Volume 1 of the Kaneko series, which explores his poetics as well as his poetry. As Koun Franz, a member of the translation team, writes: ďFor Kaneko, the language known from the start by the body is inherently ara, wild. It is the natural language of any ikimono, of any living thing.Ē
Size: 4.25" x 6.75"
Binding: perfect softbound