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Book Title: Salad Anniversary|
The author of the book: Machi Tawara
Edition: Pushkin Press
Date of issue: June 9th 2015
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 777 KB
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ISBN 13: 9781782271055
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Reader ratings: 5.9
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Salad Anniversary, first published in 1987 in Japan to tremendous following, is now being published By Pushkin Press and will now be available for an American audience. It is comprised of Tawara's tanka poetry on a variety of subjects, most very personal insights into modern life and love. This was a new, personal approach when it first appeared and highly popular and successful.
There is an afterward (which I recommend reading prior to the poetry) which explains tanka poetry. I found it helped to explain some issues I had had with my early reading in the book.
As I read, I found that these deceptively simple poems became more and more appealing in their simplicity and beauty.
Through the falling rain,
a shower of shivering "S" sounds, I watch your
Your disappearing figure, a little too cool--
It's always the man
who sets off on a journey*
(loc 193, from Salad Anniversary)
There are small moments that struck me. From My Bisymmetrical Self:
ordinariness of home
is what I like best
From mother-and-daughter we turn into a pair
of women (loc 239)*
And lastly, from Jazz Concert:
snapping away at the stage---he, too, master of
Like a hit man
he peers into his camera
wrapped in layers of blue smoky air
On the stage, tangled cords lie sprawled like
bars of melted music
fallen off the page. (loc 261)*
It did take me a little reading to become comfortable with the format and to slow down, settle in to the words, not hurry though. When I did that, I enjoyed this book and plan to read it again.
Any issues of layout are mine.
Recommended for those who enjoy poetry.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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