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Kuroda Saburo / 黒田三郎

0607kuroda saburo Kuroda Saburo / 黒田三郎

Saburo Kuroda (1919-1980), an important post-War Japanese poet, spent World War II in Java.  After his return to Tokyo, he and his wife, a ballerina, struggled with tuberculosis while supporting their young daughter.  He is known for his moving portrayal of family life, especially his series of love poems, A Une Femme, andthe collection he wrote for his daughter, With Little Yuri.  His work was unusually direct and personal at a time when many Japanese poets felt compelled to voice the suffering of an entire nation.

Marianne Tarcov is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago’s Department of East Asian Civilizations. A 2006-07 Fulbright Fellow, she is a visiting scholar/translator at the Center for Humanities at Kanto Gakuin University, Yokohama,  to study Japanese literature and work on translations of two books by the Japanese poet Saburo Kuroda.