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|One Hundred Poems
From The Japanese
|I've owned the boxed, hardcover first edition of this little
volume since it was first published going on 30 years ago. It
remains one of my all-time poetry favorites, both for its
depth of feeling and for its selection. I recently lent it to my
youngest daughter who is now madly in love with it, too, so I
may have to buy another copy.
Ancient Japanese poetry is as simple and direct as a drop of
rain on your cheek, but don't be misled. It is that very
simplicity and directness that gives it the power to cut you to
the quick. Since I don't have the volume handy, I can't,
unfortunately, cite any examples, but they're there in my
heart and they influence my
own writing every day.