Launch of the second four Isobar Press books:
The launch of the second four Isobar Press books will be from 6–9 p.m. on Friday, 6th of June in room 403/404 on the fourth floor of International House of Japan in Roppongi.
Royall Tyler will read from A Great Valley Under the Stars.The first book of poetry by the award-winning translator of The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike. ‘This is a delightful and lovely book – at once spare and lyrical, whimsical and profound. I have been grateful for Royall Tyler’s splendid translations for years, but I am every bit as grateful now to have read him writing entirely in his own voice.’(David Bentley Hart)
Andrew Fitzsimons & Nobuaki Tochigi will give a bilingual reading of A Fire in the Head.
‘Among those who have taken on the challenge of writing about Japan’s triple catastrophe, none has done so with greater intensity or economy than Andrew Fitzsimons.’ (Richard Lloyd Parry) フィッツサイモンズ氏の三行詩は芭蕉のいう「ものの見えたる光」を確かに捉えている。 高橋睦郎 (In these three-line poems, Andrew Fitzsimons has captured what Basho called ‘the revelatory light of things’. Mutsuo Takahashi)
Jessica Goodfellow will read from The Insomniac’s Weather Report.
The first edition of The Insomniac's Weather Report, originally published in 2011 as the winner of the Three Candles Press First Book Award, was only briefly available; this new Isobar edition brings this striking collection back into print. ‘To say that The Insomniac’s Weather Report is exquisitely thrilling poetry doesn’t begin to do it justice. Wicked and funny as an encyclopaedia of unanswerable koans … I found it irresistible, as will you, dear reader.’ (Alicia Ostriker)
Paul Rossiter will introduce and read from Whispers, Sympathies, and Apparitions by David Silverstein, the American prose-poet who lived and worked in Tokyo in the 1980s and early 1990s until his untimely death in 1992; these selected poems are drawn from his three books, Dazzled by Nothing (1984), The Suspicious Sympathy of White(1990), and Apparitions (1991).
6:00: Doors open.
6:30–7:15: Paul Rossiter (introducing and reading from David Silverstein); Jessica Goodfellow.
7:15–7:45: Break; wine & soft drinks.
7:45–8:30: Andrew Fitzsimons & Nobuaki Tochigi (a bilingual reading); Royall Tyler.
ADMISSION: Y1,500 including wine or soft drink.
I hope to see you there!