to become an actress
I listen to
the sound of seagulls
shot in the winter marsh
Kaleidoscope: Selected Tanka of Shuji Terayama, 2008
Chinese Translation (Traditional)
Chinese Translation (Simplified)
Born in 1935 in Aomori, Japan, Shuji Terayama started writing tanka when he was in his late teens, and received the Tanka Kenkyu Award for Emerging Poets. He published several tanka collections before he stopped writing tanka around 1970. Many of his tanka read more like a movie scene or a short story. He died in 1983. The first English language collection of his tanka, Kaleidoscope: Selected Tanka of Shuji Terayama, was published in 2008 and translated by Kozue Uzawa and Amelia Fielden.