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For the past half-century Kazuko Shiraishi has represented Japan in a number of international poetry festivals and conferences — in at least 28 countries, she tells me in a recent interview.

She says that among the non-Japanese poets she closely associated with over the years are Mazisi Kunene (South Africa), Yehuda Amichai (Israel), Jayanta Mahapatra (India), Willibrordus S. Rendra (Indonesia), Virginia R. Moreno (Philippines), Kim Kwang-lim (Korea), Gunter Kunert (Germany), Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Rexroth (U.S.).

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