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Long, Long Autumn Nights: Selected Poems of Oguma Hideo, 1901–1940

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Translated with Introduction by David G. Goodman

MICHIGAN MONOGRAPHS IN JAPANESE STUDIES, NUMBER 3
ANN ARBOR: CENTER FOR JAPANESE STUDIES
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 1989
X + 124 PAGES

During one of the darker periods of Japanese history—the 1920s and 1930s—Oguma Hideo wrote poetry that illuminated the politics of his day. In Long, Long Autumn Nights, the first English sampling of this
avant-garde poet, the reader will find powerfully humane writing that reflects the age’s imperialism, and  in a sense redeems it. Translated by David G. Goodman, Long, Long Autumn Nights also serves to reveal the significance of Japan’s demographic diversity in what is often thought of as a homogenous country. Readers of this volume will be able to expand their knowledge not only of Japanese poetry but of the Japanese nation.