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AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS by Nobuo Ayukawa, selected and translated by Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz. New York: Kaya Press, 2008, 152 pp. $14.95 (paper)

Nobuo Ayukawa (1920-1986) has in the West remained a relatively unknown poet. Though included in the “Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature” (as translated by J. Thomas Rimer), he is given only a footnote in Donald Keene’s multivolume history of Japanese literature.

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