Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry Of Misuzu Kaneko (

“The flower shop man

dreams of happiness

for the flowers he sold.”

The poems of Taisho era writer Misuzu Kaneko (née Teru, 1903-1930) have become the subject of a new children’s book.

Are You An Echo? is the creation of author David Jacobson, together with co-translators Michiko Tsuboi and Sally Ito. It takes a look at the life of Kaneko, and for the first time makes available her poetry in English. This is all the more apt as the poet was very much a “children’s poet.” […]

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