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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

SAKUTARÕ HAGAWARA

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Onchi =Koshiro
-Japanese, 1891-1955-

portrait of Sakutaro



Sakutarō Hagiwara -( Hagiwara Sakutaro ) 11-0-1886--05-11-1942 .
Was a writer of free-style verse, active in Taishö and earlyShowa period Japan.
He liberated Japanese free verse from the grip of traditional rules,
and he is considered the father of modern colloquial poetry in Japan.
He published many volumes of essays, literary and cultural criticism ,
and aphorisms over his long career.


New Road at Koide



This road, just newly opened,goes


Straight to the city, I suppose.

Dark melancholy day.

I stand at a new crossing where

A new horizon like a tear


Runs lonelily away.



The sun above a straggling row

Of huddled roof-tops huddles low...

How thin, how shorn of shade,

Stand the few trees in that sparse wood


That once so greedily sturdy stood


Before the road was made.



Such bleakness feeds my blemished mood


Of anger and incertitude


As black sorts well with black

How, how can I re-fangle me?


How be what once I used to be?


Where does the road run back?



Oh where’s that leafy road I seek


That runs to boyhood from the bleak Horizon of the town?

For this new road, which I rejectAnd will not travel,

more was wrecked

Than all those trees hacked