Names and Rivers

Shuri Kido, Tomoyuki Endo, Forrest Gander

Forthcoming September 2022

Shuri Kido, known as the “far north poet,” is one of the most influential contemporary poets in Japan. Names and Rivers brings the poems of Shuri Kido to readers in North America for the first time, thanks to star translator team Tomoyuki Endo and Pulitzer Prize winner Forrest Gander. Drawing influence from Japanese culture and geography, Buddhist teachings, and modernist poets, Kido presents a mesmerizing view of the world and our human position in it. This is a world “that isn’t ours”—where the trees are sirens while the people are silent, where snow lingers while language crumbles. Names and Rivers is made of crossings, questionings, and mysteries as unanswered and open as the sky. Bilingual Japanese-English production.

ISBN: 9781556596612

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Shuri Kido, known as the “far north poet,” has published a lot of poetry books and essays and is one of the most important contemporary poets in Japan. He has translated many English poems into Japanese and has introduced works by Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot to Japan. Kido has been a critic and columnist for various magazines and newspapers and has a profound knowledge of Japanese culture.

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About the Author

Tomoyuki Endo is an assistant professor at Wako University in Tokyo, teaching poets of so-called “Pound Tradition,” and modern and contemporary Japanese poets such as Junzaburo Nishiwaki, Katsue Kitasono and Kazuko Shiraishi and others along with pop artists Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and others. He is a co-translator of Shiraishi’s three long poems with Forrest Gander in My Floating Mother, City. He contributed an essay in English on the relationship between Pound / Kitasono / Shuri Kido to Ezra Pound …

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About the Translator

Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up in Virginia. He is a writer and translator with degrees in geology and English literature. Among his recent books are Be With, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, and Core Samples from the World, a Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His translations include Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda; Fungus Skull Eye Wing: Selected Poems of Alfonso D’Aquino; and Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from …

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