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By Mutsuo Takahashi

On Two Shores: New and Selected Poems

An English-Japanese bilingual edition. Translated from the Japanese by Mitsuko Ohno and Frank Sewell with an introduction by Nobuaki Tochigi

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An English-Japanese bilingual edition. Translated from the Japanese by Mitsuko Ohno and Frank Sewell with an introduction by Nobuaki Tochigi
Mutsuo Takahashi is a major figures in Japanese verse. A visit to Ireland inspired the poems of this engaging volume, expertly translated by Japanese academic Mitsuko Ohno and Irish poet and academic Frank Sewell. The result is a fascinating bridging of cultures, an illuminating view of Ireland from ‘the outside’ and a journey to the well of inspiration for this major poet.

“This is a delightful volume, especially for anyone who knows the Irish poets Takahashi finds himself among. But it has much to offer any reader. The Japanese and English texts run in opposite directions, and there are some sketches in the middle, where they meet. It is perhaps the first book of this kind to appear in Ireland, and the translators have done a fine job.” — David Burleigh, The Japan Times Online

ISBN 9781904556497 Paperback
146 pp, 140 x 216 mm

April 2006

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About The Author

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Mutsuo Takahashi was born in Japan in 1937, and educated at Fukuoka University of Education. A playwright and poet, he has published many collections of poems in Japanese and his On Two Shores: New and Selected Poems was published in April 2006 by the Dedalus Press, featuring translations by Mitsuko Ohno and Frank Sewell, and with an introduction by Nobuaki Tochigi, according to whom Takahashi is "a traditionalist, who is able to feel at home with such long-established poetic forms as haiku and tanka, as well as theatrical forms such as Noh and Kyogen. Yet, this is but one side of his resourcefulness; he is first and foremost a free verse poet who lives a cosmopolitan life."

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