Tada Chimako

Tada Chimako (1930—2003) was one of the most important female poets of contemporary Japan. During her life, she published eight volumes of essays and thirteen volumes of poetry. She is also the author of one volume of poetry in English translation, Moonstone Woman, compiled while she was poet-in-residence at Oakland University in 1986. She died of cancer in early 2003. Jeffrey Angles (translator) recently completed his Ph.D. in modern Japanese literature and is currently working on a book of translations of Ms. Tada’s poetry.

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                  A dark elephantLiving in a dark forestCame to sip from a pondAs the Buddha watched A dark elephantFrom a dark forestHas come to the pondAnd sippedThe trembling visionOf the moon A dark deerFrom a dark forestAlso came to sip from the pond The deer has also […]

By Tada Chimako
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