Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada
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Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada

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Poetry. Literary Criticism. Asian American Studies. The materials of the Japanese poet Araki Yasusada (1907-1972) were published in Grand Street, CONJUNCTIONS, Abiko Quarterly, FIRST INTENSITY, Stand and The American Poetry Review. Gradually, the rumor began circulating that Araki Yasusada did not exist and that the poems were a hoax perpetrated by the Japanese-American au...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Roof Books
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bill greene
tricky. i have to consult more culturally sensitive folk than i to know what to think of this american masquerading as an American of Japanese Ancestry impersonating a survivor of the Hiroshima A-bomb. much has been made of how 'everyone' thought these poems etc were amazing before the hoax was revealed, and therefore: does the fact of the hoax discredit the art? or rather does the fact of the poems' poignance indicate a sincere empathy that is larger than issues of legitimacy vs exploitation? m...more
Gabriel Oak
This edition of Doubled Flowering comes with a helpful appendix that collects essays by Mikhail Epstein and Marjorie Perloff reflecting on the authorship controversy surrounding the poems. Briefly put: the poems were originally published in the later 1990s as the work of Araki Yasusada a Hiroshima survivor and Japanese avant-garde poet. Soon after they began appearing in journals, people started questioning the identity of Yasusada. Most people now think that the American poet Kent Johnson wrote...more
Isaac
Jan 12, 2008 Isaac rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historians, poets, japan freaks
Oh, man. This book works on you a couple of different ways... first, as excellent poetry, mourning for one of humanity's greatest tragedies; second, as a treat and a puzzle for historians, particularly those concerned with the problems of sourcing, translation and authenticity; and third, as a brutal slam on the moribund poetic establishment in the united states, who have grown to value perceived authenticity over quality. (Having forgotten, in fact, what quality is -- or maybe scared by the cr...more
Jil
Mar 07, 2010 Jil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in authorship, poetry, renga
Recommended to Jil by: Forrest Gander, Alex
Shelves: school
If you do not know the full Yasusada saga, read this book before you research (& before reading the back cover!)

I thought the appendices by Marjorie Perloff and Mikhail Epstein were especially enlightening.

I could write a bit about how much I like the poetry or how well I thought things were pulled off, but my opinions don't really matter -- just know that this is a good book to discuss.
Dianna Xu
I am really bad at dissecting poetry and understanding it, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the twisted thoughts of Yasusada. Also this entire book is basically a scandal!
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