Tarnished Words =: Shishu Sabita Kotoba: The Poetry of Oba Minako Minako Oba

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Tarnished Words =: Shishu Sabita Kotoba: The Poetry of Oba Minako  by  Minako Oba

Tarnished Words =: Shishu Sabita Kotoba: The Poetry of Oba Minako by Minako Oba
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Salmon (Sake)Once the salmon lays her eggsshe gazes at the blue skyher eyes swimming slightly with tearsletting seagulls peck at her innards.The eggs like red jewels born from her bodysway in the waterand shine like rubies spread over theMoreSalmon (Sake)Once the salmon lays her eggsshe gazes at the blue skyher eyes swimming slightly with tearsletting seagulls peck at her innards.The eggs like red jewels born from her bodysway in the waterand shine like rubies spread over the surfaceof the river bottomfrom out the beak of a seagull she gazes at her eggsnibbled on by other fish, young cousins born earlier,she knows her eggs will not all be taken by death,and she entrusts herself calmly to the gulls.This volume introduces English readers to the poetry of Oba Minakos poetic works.

Included are the first complete translation of Obas premiere poetry collection: Shishu sabita kotoba and selections from her other poetic writings -- A New Collection of Fairytales, and Once There Was a Woman.In her introduction, Janice Brown presents a stimulating discussion of Obas poetry examining the influence of T.S.

Eliot and Lu Xun as well as Obas personal trauma living in wartime Japan and witnessing Hiroshima.The primary thrust of Obas work is thus her search for her own female identity through the classical past against the backdrop of twentieth-century cataclysm.

Following her early years in wartime and post-war Japan. Oba, as a young wife and mother, traveled abroad--spending many years in Alaska. From these experiences she wrote Tarnished Words, a searching, semi-autobiographical collection of poetry that critically examines female subjectivity, the impact of war on young women, and the impact gender and power relations have had in forming the contemporary world.



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