Kazuko Shiraishi

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Kazuko Shiraishi (白石 かずこ, Shiraishi Kazuko?, born 1931) is a Japanese poet and translator who was born in Vancouver, Canada. She is a modernist, outsider poet who got her start in Katsue Kitazono's "VOU" poetry group, which led Shiraishi to publish her first book of poems in 1951. She has also read her poetry at jazz performances.[1] She has appeared at readings and literary festivals all over the world.[2]

Kenneth Rexroth called her "the Alan Ginsberg of Japan," and edited a volume of her poetry in English for New Directions Press. [3]

Translations Available in English[edit]

Hiroaki Sato has translated Shiraishi's poetry for BOMB Magazine ,[4] and several of her anthologies have appeared in English:

  • Seasons of Sacred Lust. Translated by Ikuko Atsumi, John Solt, Carol Tinker, Yasuyo Morita, and Kenneth Rexroth. Edited by Kenneth Rexroth. New Directions Press, 1975.
  • Let Those Who Appear. Translated by Samuel Grolmes and Yumiko Tsumura. New Directions Press, 2002.
  • My Floating Mother, City. Translated by Samuel Grolmes and Yumiko Tsumura. New Directions Press, 2009.

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