The poet Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) was an early twentieth-century
Japanese modernist who today is known worldwide for his poetry and
stories as well as his devotion to Buddhism. Miyazawa Kenji: Selections
collects a wide range of his poetry and provides an excellent
introduction to his life and work. Miyazawa was a teacher of agriculture
by profession and largely unknown as a poet until after his death.
Since then his work has increasingly attracted a devoted following,
especially among ecologists, Buddhists, and the literary avant-garde.
This volume includes poems translated by Gary Snyder, who was the first
to translate a substantial body of Miyazawa's work into English. Hiroaki
Sato's own superb translations, many never before published,
demonstrate his deep familiarity with Miyazawa's poetry. His remarkable
introduction considers the poet's significance and suggests ways for
contemporary readers to approach his work. It further places
developments in Japanese poetry into a global context during the first
decades of the twentieth century. In addition the book features a
Foreword by the poet Geoffrey O'Brien and essays by Tanikawa Shuntaro,
Yoshimasu Gozo, and Michael O'Brien.