Only Companion: Japanese Poems of Love and Longing
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Only Companion: Japanese Poems of Love and Longing

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Written by court princesses, exiled officials, Zen priests, and recluses, the 150 poems translated here represent the rich diversity of Japan’s poetic tradition. Varying in tone from the sensuous and erotic to the profoundly spiritual, each poem captures a sense of the poignant beauty and longing known only in the fleeting experience of the moment. The translator has selec...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Shambhala (first published December 17th 1996)
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Kathabela Wilson
This lovely tiny book:Only Companion" was one that I chose to buy after I carried another tiny book of his "Sound of Water" as my only companion on our last trip to Japan (in my purse during our travels). "Sound of Water" was a gift from our Japanese mathematician host in Japan, a dear friend. It was chosen by his wife who is a librarian in Nagoya, to give to us (she knows us too). What a beautiful origin for the experience of a beautiful book. What a way to come to know a dear and admired frien...more
Michael Graber
These crystallized little gems, in an inspired translation, speak directly to the heart in ways that are subtle, surprising, and startling. This lovely edition capture the spirit of the words in perfect pitch.
Aug 01, 2007 Sitta rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: poetry-lover, people of KOMUNITAS BUNGAMATAHARI
Romantic, sad, melancholy collection of tanka. The book has given some portion of inspiration in the writting process of my previous novel "Putri Hujan & Ksatria Malam".
More marvelous Japanese poetry from the past. The Japanese have this autumnal feeling in their best poetry. You can hear the hiss & howl of the lonely wind.

A small gem of a book packed with beautiful poems, beautifully translated . I find myself dipping into it over and over again.
Sep 28, 2008 rati rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A book that can be read and read again - forever. Very beautiful poems...
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