Volume 5: Japan & the Beats

Table of Contents

 

Introduction: ToPoJo Volume 5: On the Road of the Beats in Yaponesia

              Taylor Mignon

 

Photo: Kenneth Rexroth

Morgan Gibson

 

Art: Kiss Me with Kenneth Rexroth Disguised as Shiraishi Kazuko on Your Lips

Ray Craig

 

Shiraishi Kazuko, “My Tokyo”; “My America”

 

Essay: Kenneth Rexroth: Beat Forerunner, The Foreseer Foresees

Shiraishi Kazuko (translation by Julia M. H. Clarke)

 

Suite of Five Settings, Poetry from the Man’yoshū (as translated by Kenneth Rexroth in One Hundred Poems from the Japanese)

Huw Lloyd

 

Niiro Shinnosuke, Earthborn                                                                         

Essay: Japan Beat: Kazuko Shiraishi

A. Robert Lee

 

Shiraishi Kazuko, “Dedicated to the Late John Coltrane”; “Little Planet”

 

Interview: In the Land of the “American Dream”: Interview with Nanao Sakaki

Shiraishi Kazuko (translation by Jonas Engesvik)

 

Nanao Sakaki, Top Ten of American Poetry

 

Essay:   Sakaki 

              David Cozy

 

Photo: Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Nanao Sakaki.

              Anne Waldman

 

Anne Waldman, Indigo, for Nanao Sakaki

 

Photo: Anne Waldman, Vaclav Havel, Nanao Sakaki

              Jaroslav Kratochvil

 

Photo: Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman at The Velvet Revolution

              Jaroslav Kratochvil

 

Tanikawa Shuntaro, Letter to Allen Ginsberg

             (translation by Jordan A. Y. Smith)

 

Linda Russo, At the Rise of the Hill: Joanne Kyger in Kyoto             

                  (from a larger essay-in-progress)

 

Edith Shiffert, handwritten poems, Under the Trees, Transcendentalist, and selected waka

 

AJ Dickinson, for Edith Shiffert; suchness; word; Quoth the invalid

 

Essay: Ginsberg and Brautigan — Hyperreal in Japan

Steve Finbow

 

Sam Hamill, To Kenneth Rexroth

 

Keida Yusuke, Magnolia; Soul Train

 

Essay: First Thought Best Thought

Jeffrey Johnson

 

Jeffrey Johnson, Wafting on Hot Waves through Windows

 

Philip Rowland, Scattered Tokyo Poems

 

Edward J. Taylor, An Open Letter to Kerouac

 

Ira Cohen, Blue Train; Tokyo Birdhouse

 

Jordan A. Y. Smith, 囁く王(キミ)が嫌い我輩・I Hate the Way Kings Whisper

 

Michael Pronko, Writers Resist

 

Yamao Sansei, Gathering Shellfish; After Rain; Two Plum Flowers

(translation by Scott Watson)

 

Cid Corman, The Pleasures (Kinkakujimae)

 

Essay: Snyder, Kerouac and the Dharma

Simon Scott

 

Simon Scott, Postcard from Tokyo

 

Holly Lanasolyluna, Zen Retroversion; Breakfast in Neo-Tokyo (QR)

 

Yarita Misako, I Didn't Give Birth to my Mother

(translation by John Solt)

 

Frank Spignese, earthquake 2; How Lovely is your Dwelling Place;

Death of a Fisherman, for Hillel Wright

 

Hillel Wright, Dreaming of Allen Ginsberg  

 

Art: Etching of Hillel Wright by Josef Williamson

 

Joy Waller, snapshot; hunched in his denim jacket: cosmic-eyed man; tokyo shadows; high;

Shibuya Dawn Sketches: II; Mode on / Mode off

 

Owen Skelton, My girlfriend; Dasaitama;

Tokyo, after I left her for the last time

 

Mihiro Kizuki, Must; Beatific

 

Richard Oyama, Dostoevsky and Carson; Farrang

 

Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Selections from Terrain Grammar

 

Art: Untitled sketch.

Irving Stettner

 

Steve Dalachinsky, Ten Short Poems

 

Yuko Ōtomo, The Wall; Empty Space; Window; Desert;

The Problem of Language; Freedom of Security

              (translation by Andrew Gebert)

 

Lawrie Hunter, “Served Raw” – Poem and Illustration for Burroughs

 

Yuri Kageyama, Ode to the Stroller

 

John W. Horton III, Black Friday

 

Simon Rowson, two poems 

 

Barbara Summerhawk, #Beats me

 

Jessica Goodfellow, Alphabet Confetti; Ode to Hydrangeas;

Five Ways of Resisting Nothing

 

Miho Nonaka, At the Tea Moon; My Moby-Dick; Student

 

M. Ninfa Catania, Post Modern Edit; Train of Thought; Flash Boredom

 

Anonymous, Selected Bareku,

translation by John Solt

 

Hirata Natsuko, A Hollow in Afternoon’s Kabukicho; Foggy Mt. Fuji

 

Photo: Kris Moon, Elegy for Karl Young

 

Susan Sullivan, untitled; garden (koike – toyohashi); matsuyama, japan, 1993

 

Leza Lowitz, The Lantern; The Gate

 

Kijima Hajime, Collage poem

 

Taylor Mignon, The Lady of the Wild Things 

 

Contributor Biographies

 

Publications Received

From this issue:

Nanao Sakaki

Top Ten of American Poetry

Shiraishi Kazuko

Little Planet

Tokyo Poetry Journal

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