Kiwao Nomura

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kiwao Nomura
Kiwao Nomura in February 2012
Born (1951-10-20) 20 October 1951 (age 65)
Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Poet
Language Japanese
Nationality Japanese

Kiwao Nomura (野村 喜和夫?, Nomura Kiwao, born 20 October 1951 in Saitama Prefecture) is a Japanese poet, writer, critic, and lecturer. He is considered one of the driving forces behind contemporary Japanese poetry.[1][2]


Nomura initially focused on an academic career: he studied Japanese and French literature, and taught for a number of years at various schools in Tokyo, including Meiji University and Waseda University. Since around 2000, however, he has concentrated exclusively on creative work – as a poet, performer, critic, publisher, and organizer of poetry festivals.

Literary style[edit]

The work of Nomura “plays with language in radical and diverse ways, employing subtleties of rhythm, semantics, image, gender, punctuation, and repetition, often all within the same short stanza.”[2] Forrest Gander, co-translator of Kiwao Nomura’s poetry, noted in an interview, “What we find in innovative Japanese poetries like Gozo Yoshimasu’s and Kiwao Nomura’s has, as far as I know, no equivalents in contemporary poetry in English. The mix of the philosophical and the whimsical makes for a tone that is absolutely weird to Westerners.”[3] According to Poetry International Web, “In all such experiments, Nomura shows himself to be very much in search of a center of gravity where the almost ritual repetitions and revisitations of captivating sounds and (often erotic) images dissolve of their own accord into the night, darkness, nothingness, the end of a delirium.”[4] Publisher’s Weekly concludes that Nomura’s poems “succeed through astonishment, shock, and disorder, almost in the manner of Kathy Acker or William S. Burroughs.”[5]

Published works[edit]

Books of poetry translated in English[edit]

Books of poetry in Japanese (a selection)[edit]

  • 川萎え [Dried River], 1987
  • 反復彷徨 [Repeated Roams], 1992
  • 特性のない陽のもとに [Under the Sun without Character], 1993
  • 風の配分 [Distribution of the Wind], 1999
  • ニューインスピレーション [New Inspiration], 2003
  • スペクタクル [Spectacle], 2006
  • plan14, 2007
  • Z O L O, 2009

Collaborative books of poetry[edit]

  • 馬を野に放つ. (co-authored by Jan Lauwereyns, with images by Kris Martin; bilingual edition with a Dutch translation by Jan Lauwereyns) [Loose a Horse in the Field] Ghent, Belgium: Druksel, 2011.



  1. ^ Lauwereyns, Jan; Van Adrichem, Arnoud (2008). "Slang spreekt, slang bijt". DWB. Leuven, Belgium. 153 (5-6): 739–747. 
  2. ^ a b Fleischmann, T. "It's Pigsty I". The Rumpus. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Morrison, Rusty. "An Interview with Forrest Gander". Omnidawn. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Lauwereyns, Jan. "Kiwao Nomura". Poetry International Web. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Spectacle & Pigsty". Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 

External links[edit]