By Sam Hamill
Yosano Akiko (1878-942) is without doubt one of the most famed jap writers of the 20 th century. She is the writer of greater than seventy-five books, together with twenty volumes of unique poetry and the definitive translation into glossy eastern of the story of the Genji. even though most likely most sensible recognized for her beautiful erotic poetry, Akiko's paintings additionally championed the factors of feminism, pacifism, and social reform. Akiko's poetry is profoundly direct, usually passionate, exposing the complexity of daily feelings in poetic language stripped of artifice and providing the whole breadth of her poetic imaginative and prescient. integrated are ninety-one of Akiko's tanka (a conventional five-line type of verse) and a dozen of her longer poems written within the glossy variety.