A thousand years ago, Japanese women court poets created a written aesthetic of unmatchcd elegance and technical skill. Today, Japanese women poets write with equal sophistication in haiku and tanka about romance, family life, sexuality, divorce, loneliness, politics and the West. This first-ever anthology of contemporary Japanese women poets was edited and translated by Leza Lowitz, Miyuki Aoyama and Akemi Tomioka. Illustrations by Robert Kushner.
Leza gives an overview of the book:
"This important collection brings to its readers the evolution and continuation of one of our strongest literary traditions of women writers worldwide, but more significantly, it brings poems that move, surprise and penetrate. A LONG RAINY SEASON shows how passion, ideas, and the broad range of human experience can be held in brief poems of large reach--a great gift for us all." --Jane Hirshfield
"Here is a stunning treasury of fresh, beautiful poems written by Japanese women--alive, amazing, and as various as stars." --June Jordan
Leza Lowitz is a poet, fiction writer, editor and co-translator of Japanese. Lowitz is the recipient of numerous honors for her poetry, fiction, and translations, including the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Best Book of Poetry and The Bay Area...