About Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master
In the years leading up to World War II, Japanese poet Tamura Ryuichi took an early interest in various strains of Modernism both at home and abroad. After serving on a gun emplacement to defend against the American and Soviet attack that never came, Tamura, in 1947, began publishing Arechi (The Wasteland), a literary magazine charting a new course for Japanese poetry. Over the next fifty years, Tamura produced innovative and haunting poems inspired by an extraordinary range of poets, including T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden. Though Tamura is little known in the United States, he his considered to be among the most important Japanese poets of the 20th Century.
In this second volume of the Unsung Masters Series, published by Pleiades Press at the University of Central Missouri, editors Takako Lento and Wayne Miller have selected more than forty pages of representative poetry by Tamura, and they hve brought together essarys by both Japanese and American contributors who knew Tamura and/or admired his work. The included essays by Ooka Makoto, Ayukawa Nobuo, Tanikawa Shuntaro, Yoshimasu Gozo, Christopher Drake, Miho Nonaka, Marianne Tarcov, and Laurence Lieberman offer context to the poetry and insight into the person who made it. The combination makes a compelling case for Tamura's importance to international poetry as a whole.