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Far Beyond the Field is a first-of-its-kind anthology of haiku by Japanese women, collecting translations of four hundred haiku written by twenty poets from the seventeenth century to the present. By arranging the poems chronologically, Makoto Ueda has created an overview of the way in which this enigmatic seventeen-syllable form has been used and experimented with during ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by Columbia University Press (first published 2003)
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Sean the Bookonaut
Haiku were traditionally the purview of men in Japanese culture. Educated women of court wrote the longer and more lyrical Tanka but Haiku developed from the starting stanza in longer linked poems that were composed at social gatherings held for that purpose. Generally speaking the women served and performed hostess duties at these gatherings rather than participating in the creation of poetry.

In Far Beyond the Field, far-beyond-the-fieldhowever, Mokoto Ueda demonstrates that Japanese women hav
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morbidflight
Feb 23, 2016 morbidflight rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan, feminist, poetry
I think this is an essential book, and full of good historical context for the pilgrimage through haiku-land. The collection is a bit uneven, but all of the haiku are good. Some are even great. The biographical notes are interesting and add context to the askew observations (the haiku).

I always think of haiku as a hand slashing through the air. They're slanty in a crisp way. These haiku sometimes slash through the experience of being a woman (and that's valuable to read).
Don Wentworth
Jul 28, 2016 Don Wentworth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: haiku, poetry
One of the finest collections of Japanese haiku in English, Far Beyond the Field:Haiku by Japanese is simply a must for students and fans of the world's most important diminutive poetic form.

Ranging from the late 17th century through the early 21st, this anthology serves not only a history of haiku but a cultural map of women in Japanes society. Here are a handful of examples:


a bush warbler -
my hands in the kitchen sink
rest for a while
- Kawai Chigetsu, 1634? - 1718



loneliness
lies within the liste
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Patricia
Dec 08, 2015 Patricia rated it it was amazing
A wonderful anthology of haiku by Japanese women, collecting 400 haiku by 20 poets from the 17th century to the present (the book was published in 2003). Different voices and styles, but all beautiful and lyrical, thought-provoking and insightful. A lovely book!
Ad Blankestijn
Feb 29, 2016 Ad Blankestijn rated it really liked it
400 haiku by 20 Japanese women poets, from the 17th c. to the present, such as Chiyojo, Katsuro Nobuko and Mayuzumi Madoka. With excellent introductions and translations by Makoto Ueda, who is an expert in the field.
Agnieszka Mauch
Oct 05, 2014 Agnieszka Mauch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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All poetry lovers should make it their compulsory read. It is so beautiful. Plus, it has a historical outline and short biographies of each author at the begining of a haiku set. Some of the haiku made me cry, honest to god. You can learn so much from this book if you're a budding haiku writer.
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Makoto Ueda (上田 真 Ueda Makoto, born 1931) is a professor emeritus of Japanese literature at Stanford University.

He earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature in 1961.

In 2004-2005 he served as the honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento, California. He was given that honor "in recognition of Ueda’s many decades of academic writing about haiku and
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