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Yoshinori Henguchi's explosive poetry and gritty photography build on the surrealism of Haruki Murakami and his contemporaries to create a new aesthetic for a young generation of Japanese artists. Henguchi explores what he calls man's "foolish will" to define himself on a canvas of "infinities and nothingness." This collection is especially designed for book lovers, collectors, and readers who revel in the act of reading. It includes Henguchi's essay-poem Nihongo in both English and Japanese, more than sixty pages of color photography, and seventy beautifully designed poems. The overall effect of the book is to plunge the reader into an underground subculture somewhere in the backstreets of Osaka. The mundane trappings of life in Japan--TV screens, kitchen cutlery, household tools, plastic umbrellas, women's shoulder pads--are rendered absurd and surreal in both Henguchi's poetry and photography. Yoshinori Henguchi is a photographer, artist, musician, and poet from Osaka, Japan. He often reads his poetry at live houses in Japan while accompanied by the grinding guitar rhythms of musical group ShinaiKankei (Inner City Relations). He publishes his poems in dojinshi journals sold at underground bookstores in Japan. In 2011 he read his poetry at the Dusseldorf Art Expo and took part in the 50 Eyes: Save Japan Photo Cards Project sponsored by the Tokyo Institute of Photography and CMS Corp. In 2006 he won Canon's New Cosmos of Photography Excellence Award. This is his first book in English. David Michael Ramirez II, the translator, has a PhD in Japan studies from Osaka University of Foreign Studies. Heather Kirkorowicz has a master's degree in philosophy from Stanford University.
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Table of Contents

NihongoPoemsI.1. The Tea Room2. Zero Years Old3. Sunday Memory4. Hello5. Caterwaul6. A Convenient Armageddon7. Fletcher 88. A Secret Yellow-Green9. Gradient10. Motivation11. Fire Extinguisher12. From the Tea Room13. Cozy14. An Apartment 600 Miles Away15. Scars Are Scars16. A Primal Scene17. Yesterday the Afternoon Disappeared18. Six Six Years19. Dice Male 20. A Day I Did Not Want to Laugh21. MoritaII.22. Things I Know23. On My Way24. IN Nihon25. Gone Insane26. Passing By27. Normal Everyday Faucets28. The Rain Continues to Fall Indiscriminately29. Soothing Air30. The Last Flower I Will Ever See in This Life31. Vitality, Control, Unnecessary Items32. nu33. A Former Red Hotel34. Giant35. An Average Daily Life36. Broken Hand 37. OffIII.38. Subtraction and Blackness39. On Emeralds40. Everyone (1/14)41. This Novel of Strange Love 42. Hi43. The Resident44. Gold As Gold45. What Are You Looking at?46. I Proclaim47. Please Do Not Laugh48. With a Calm Visage49. Around the Yeti50. Do You Understand?IV.51. One Dark Night in a Late Spring52. Goodbye Scissors 53. Formal Attire54. Fevers55. Open Your Eyes56. Visited57. Thinking in Bed Intertwined58. Firmly Clasped Hands59. Framing the Freedom of Being Torn ApartV.60. A Staircase Landing 61. Example62. Old People63. Soutaro64. Choosing65. Artificial Flower Skin66. Play Synthesis67. Habit68. My Uncle is Drama Itself69. Falling Forward Slightly70. I Don't Sympathize71. Legs/

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Pursuing a publicity grant from the Japan Foundation. Plan to enter book in Osaka 70 Expo Commemorative Prize, American Association of Literary Translators Prize. Author will tour US in spring/summer 2013 with member of the Boredoms, an experimental rock group from Japan known for its "Japanoise." Author will perform readings to music at live houses and clubs. We plan to promote book at bookstores in conjunction with these shows. Events in Osaka and Tokyo will be shown on Youtube via the Shinai Kankei channel.

About the Author

Yoshinori Henguchi is a photographer, artist, musician and poet from Osaka, Japan. He won Canon's 2006 New Cosmos of Photography Excellence Award for emerging talent. He has exhibited his work in galleries around Japan and in the 2011 Dusseldorf Art Expo. Henguchi performs his poetry at live houses in Japan to the musical backing of the band Shinai Kankei (Inner City Relations). He publishes his poetry through independent magazines in Japan known as dojinshi that are sold through underground bookstores.

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