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Introduction Den Sutejo (1633-1698) Kawai Chigetsu (1634?-1718) Shiba Sonome (1664-1726) Chiyojo (1703-1775) Enomoto Seifu (1732-1815) Tagami Kikusha (1753-1826) Takeshita Shizunojo (1887-1951) Sugita Hisajo (1890-1946) Hashimoto Takako (1899-1963) Mitsuhashi Takajo (1899-1972) Ishibashi Hideno (1909-1947) Katsura Nobuko (b. 1914) Yoshino Yoshiko (b. 1915) Tsuda Kiyoko (b. 1920) Inahata Teiko (b. 1931) Uda Kiyoko (b. 1935) Kuroda Momoko (b. 1938) Tsuji Momoko (b. 1945) Katayama Yumiko (b. 1952) Mayuzumi Madoka (b. 1965)

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Far Beyond the Field is a first-of-its-kind anthology of haiku by Japanese women, collecting translations of four hundred haiku written by twenty poets from the seventeenth century to the present. By arranging the poems chronologically, Makoto Ueda has created an overview of the way in which this enigmatic seventeen-syllable form has been used and experimented with during different eras. At the same time, the reader is admitted to the often marginalized world of female experience in Japan, revealing voices every bit as rich and colorful, and perhaps even more lyrical and erotic, than those found in male haiku.

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This book breaks new ground and provides an important entree into the subject of women's haiku for English readers. Deeply moving, amusing, insightful, thought provoking, and breathtakingly beautiful by turns, the poems in this volume cover a wide range of human experience. They reveal both the continuity of a haiku sensibility over the centuries and individual difference. And how good it is to see the women haiku students of Basho getting their due! -- Sonja Arntzen, University of Toronto Makoto Ueda has given us several great gifts with his book on women haiku poets: introductions to a host of writers previously unknown to readers in English; concise and eloquent translations of their work -- Ueda's translation simply gets better and better with each book and makes it look easy -- and a revised view of the history of haiku. Its richness increases with every reading. -- Amy V. Heinrich, Director, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

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Makoto Ueda is professor emeritus of Japanese at Stanford University. He has written, translated, or edited fourteen books, including Modern Japanese Tanka and Light Verse from the Floating World.


"fluid translations and careful selection...even scholars for whom gender is not a burning issue will find this volume a welcome and up-to-date survery" -- P. F. Kornicki, "Monumenta Nipponica"

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