February 24, 2013
A new anthology of modern Japanese poetry in English is reviewed by
writer and critic David Cozy today in The Japan Times
. The review
makes clear that, “despite the admirable and sustained efforts of the
journal Poetry Kanto, and the tireless work of translators such as Jeffrey
Angles, Hiroaki Sato and, with this collection, Paul McCarthy, modern
Japanese poetry remains little known outside the archipelago.” That said,
he adds, “There’s no question, therefore, that this book is necessary.”
For the complete review of 101 MODERN JAPANESE POEMS,
compiled by Makoto Ooka, translated by Paul McCarthy, edited by
Janine Beichman, click here
Ann Fisher-Wirth (Poetry Kanto 2012 & 2006 contributor) and Laura
Gray-Street have co-edited the new “The Ecopoetry Anthology.”
In the preface to their book they address the question of how to
Nature poetry has existed as long as poetry has existed. Around
1960, however, public attention increasingly turned to the
burgeoning environmental crisis, and nature poetry began to
reflect this concern. In recent decades, the term “ecopoetry”
has come into use to designate poetry that in some way is
shaped by and responds specifically to that crisis. The term
has no precise definition and rather fluid boundaries, but some
things can usefully be said about it. Generally, this poetry
addresses contemporary problems and issues in ways that are
ecocentric and that respect the integrity of the other-than-human
world. It challenges the belief that we are meant to have
dominion over nature and is skeptical of a hyperrationality that
would separate mind from body–and earth and its creatures
from human beings–and that would give preeminence to
fantasies of control. Some of it is based in the conviction that
poetry can help us find our way back to an awareness that we
are at one with the more-than-human world.
They group the book’s generous contents into three categories–nature
poetry, environmental poetry, and ecological poetry. These groupings
are intended, the editors say, as a starting point or as a nexus of
interactions that constitute an ecopoetry which allows for capacities,
they argue, of “contemplation, activism, and self-reflexivity.”
Their selection of poets runs the gamut from the historical–over 100
pages long, beginning with Whitman and on to modernists like
Stevens, Pound, Eliot, Crane and Hughes– to the contemporary,
which includes 176 poets, arranged alphabetically, from A.R.
Ammons to Robert Wrigley. Variety is the keyword here, as well as
excellence as a standard applied to the poems they have selected.
Which makes this anthology a pleasure to engage with.
“The Ecopoetry Anthology,” with an introduction by Robert Hass, is
February 15, 2013
Philip Rowland, editor in Tokyo of NOON: journal of the short poem,
has recently published a collection of haiku, and we are here spreading
the word to interested readers and affeciannados of haiku. He reports
that he has hopes of getting the journal up and running again, in
some form, for 2013.
Here’s a link to order:
and some comments about his work below:
“Philip Rowland’s poems build meaning from sound with a subtle and subliminal grace, bringing new surprises and joy with each reading. Zukofsky and Corman (Rowland is clearly in that lineage) would admire his faithfulness to every word, his clean lines, and his discreet narrative of love and family. He strikes home with the immediacy and absolute commitment of Hosai and Ippekiro. To me, before music marks a rediscovery of haiku for the English-speaking world that should prove as invigorating as the modernist one of a century ago.”
- John Martone
Philip Rowland’s before music could just as well be titled before mind. That’s where his poems take me — to the charged cusp of cognition. It happens in a flash but the words reverberate long on the page in concentric circles of verbal electricity.
what’s left of the light the music absorbs
You can’t step in the same Rowland poem twice.
February 14, 2013
is currently open to reading submissions
for its 2013 issue. The reading period will continue through
June. The new issue will be published digitally–its first–in
the Fall. For further details, please see the ‘Submit’ page on
the recently relaunched Poetry Kanto
February 2, 2013
The Poetry Kanto website was built and has been maintained since 2005, featuring sample poems from each issue up until 2009. We are currently rebuilding and upgrading the website and will relaunch it soon. Though the print publication of Poetry Kanto has ended due to university budgetary constraints, the aim of the new website is not only to archive the legacy of Poetry Kanto itself but also, potentially, to bring together information on the Kanto Poetry Center and poetry-related research and translation from Japan and around the world. We hope readers of this blog will visit the new website when it is finally up and running in the near future.