SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Japanese Poetry in English

Book cover: Spectacle & Pigsty: Selected Poems of Kiwao Nomura
Professor Forrest Gander (Brown University, US)

Date: 26 March 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 26 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Seminar

A brief introduction to Japanese modern and contemporary poetry translated in English

"Here, this narrow road, where, does it lead?
Té,-n,-jin-sama, over spheres, this narrow road traverses spheres"

From 'Stones Single, or in Handfuls', Gozo Yoshimasu, tran. Sayuri Okamoto, will be published in Alice Iris Red Horse: Selected Poems of Gozo Yoshimasu, e.d. Forrest Gander (forthcoming in 2015)


Forrest Gander, a prolific poet and translator, will talk about some modern and contemporary Japanese poetry in translation and its influence on literature written in English. 

  • What gets translated and why? 
  • What comes across best in translations and what doesn't? 
  • What is the future for Japanese poetry in English translation?

Forrest Gander was the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University. Currently, he is the A.K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts & Comparative Literature at Brown University. His most recent book of poems and haibun, Core Samples from the World, was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Gander's co-translation with Kyoko Yoshida of Spectacle & Pigsty: Selected Poems of Kiwao Nomura won the Best Translated Book Award for 2012. He is currently editing Alice Iris Red Horse: Selected Poems of Gozo Yoshimasu.

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