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Forest of Eyes: Selected Poetry of Tada Chimako
(2010)
  • Jeffrey Angles, Western Michigan University
Abstract

One of Japan's most important modern poets, Tada Chimako (1930-2003) gained prominence in her native country for her sensual, surreal poetry, and fantastic imagery. Although Tada's writing is an essential part of postwar Japanese poetry, her use of themes and motifs from European, Near Eastern, and Mediterranean history, mythology, and literature, as well as her sensitive explorations of women's inner lives make her very much a poet of the world. Forest of Eyes offers English-language readers their first opportunity to read a wide selection from Tada's extraordinary oeuvre, including nontraditional free verse, poems in the traditional forms of tanka and haiku, and prose poems. Translator Jeffrey Angles introduces this collection with an incisive essay that situates Tada as a poet, explores her unique style, and analyzes her contribution to the representation of women in postwar Japanese literature.

Keywords
  • Tada Chimako,
  • translation,
  • Japanese poetry,
  • tanka,
  • haiku,
  • free verse,
  • poetry,
  • feminism,
  • women's poetry
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Chimako Tada. Forest of Eyes: Selected Poetry of Tada Chimako. Translated by Jeffrey Angles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.