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By Sakutaro Hagiwara, Hiroaki Sato

Modernist poet Sakutarō Hagiwara's first released booklet, Howling on the Moon, shattered traditional verse kinds and reworked the poetic panorama of Japan. of its poems have been got rid of on order of the Ministry of the internal for "disturbing social customs." in addition to the whole lot of Howling, this quantity contains all of Blue Cat, Hagiwara's moment significant assortment, including Cat city, a prose-poem novella, and a considerable collection of verse from the remainder of his books, giving readers the total breadth and intensity of this pioneering poet's awesome paintings.

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And what did I learn from my brother? To love cowboys & Classics Illustrated comic books. And, finally, to love only the stories & set pictures aside. Here, right here, is that same dusty metal bin, that same crumbling stack of colorful pages—though Annie Oakley & Buffalo Bill disappeared with the christening cups & the baby shoes when the old house was sold. Can you see that all of this is only so much evidence now of our never-letting-go? Half the buttons still trail old threads from their brass shanks & a few stubbornly clutch their cloth.

Then, a car loaded with his friends pulled up honking & he hopped in. There was no chance to linger & talk. Today I slipped into the bag between two shoes that book which begins with a father digging—even though my father was no farmer & planted ever only one myrtle late in his life & sat in the yard all that summer watching it grow as he died, a green tank of oxygen suspirating behind him. If the suitcase were any larger, no one could lift it. I’m going away for a long time, but it may not be forever.

Never allow them into your life. Last night at work, before I knew it—while I was busy selling a tee shirt, the one with the glow-in-the-dark skeleton in the electric chair, to Canadian tourists—an addict convinced me to keep an eye on his six-year-old son. Slurring something as simple as Don’t let him go nowhere, he turned & stepped into the congress of night-strollers on the boardwalk. Where did he go? the child wondered. After ten minutes, he asked, How long has he been gone? Soon, though, the father returned, stood in the doorway of the shop, called his son’s name once, & they vanished.

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