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José Kozer - Tokonoma - Bilingual Edition

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José Kozer - Tokonoma - Bilingual Edition

Published 2014. Paperback, 242pp, 9 x 6ins
ISBN 978-1-84861-374-4 [Download a sample PDF from this volume here.]
 
 
Translated from Spanish by Peter Boyle. Bilingual edition.
 
A tokonoma is an alcove in a traditional Japanese house, which serves to display a scroll, ikebana or a special painting or print. It is also a kind of code-word in neo-baroque Hispanic writing, having been much used by the movement’s founder and inspiration, Cuban poet José Lezama Lima. Here the tokonoma is part of José Kozer’s linguistic armoury: another Cuban poet, but this time one in exile in the USA and, by common consent, the doyen of the current Hispanic neo-baroque. Here Kozer engages with Japanese and Chinese poetry, learning, myth and much more besides. This is Kozer’s second collection with Shearsman, following Anima (2011). The English translation in this volume is also available in a monoloingual edition at a lower price.
 
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