Minor Press 小出版

Poetry Kanto

Poetry Kanto is one of the finest poetry journals in Japan. Bilingual and published annually, it features contemporary English-language poetry as well as 20th century Japanese poetry in translation. Although officially launched in 1968 and published again in 1970, it wasn’t until 1984 that it resumed publication. Since then, it has been going strong, introducing readers both in Japan and around the world to work from excellent American, British, Australian, Irish and Japanese poets (English-language poets from other countries of course welcome). The 2009 edition will be coming out late this year. For information on back issues, submissions and more, please refer to their website: home.kanto-gakuin.ac.jp/~kg061001 (or just run an internet search!)



Borderless Reading ボーダレス読物

Sayonara Gangsters

Takahashi Gen’ichirô’s novel Sayonara Gangsters (1981) was a sensation when it debuted, winning the Gunzo Literary Award for first novels. Widely considered one of contemporary Japan’s finest writers, he was born in the post-war period and his work is best described as postmodern. It frequently challenges notions of genre—notions of everything, really. Readers trying to derive meaning from his work may want to ask what meaning means…

Sayonara Gangsters is set in some future time where none of the conventions we know apply to life. The protagonist in this semi-autobiographical ‘novel’ dabbles in extremist politics much to his detriment (Takahashi himself was arrested as a student radical in 1969 and spent six months in jail). The rollercoaster of a story is of course pure fantasy, but truths linger beneath the surface and like much of Abe Kobe’s work, it’s both alienating and familiar. And highly entertaining, too.




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