One of those men
in his forties, worn out,
Mr. Marxist's sleeping face
a blade of grass.
a long rainy season: haiku & tanka
trans. by Leza Lowitz
Chinese Translation (Traditional)
Chinese Translation (Simplified)
Motoko Michiura was born in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, in 1947. She has published four books of poetry, and is well known for her poetry concerning her experiences as a student activist at Waseda University in the 1960s and 1970s. She received the 25th Modern Tanka Society Prize for the 1980 publication of Helpless Lyricism. For more information about her work, see a long rainy season, pp. 99 - 118.