ERIC SELLAN d Still Life and Monks, published in 1955 and 1958, respectively, contain the poems that launched the career of Yoshioka Minoru, one of Japan’s most important and singular poets of the post–World War Two period. Still Life drew the attention and admiration of other poets of his generation, while Monks brought him a major prize for younger poets and the recognition of critics. Yoshioka went on to become the most inue fl ntial poet of the avant- garde, embraced by countercultural circles in the 1960s, such as the Butoh dance group of Hijikata Tatsumi and figures in the underground theater such as Kara Jūrō and Terayama Shūji; virtually all of the major poets of the following generation were profoundly influenced by both his work and friendship, including Shiraishi Kazuko, Yoshimasu Gōzō, Kawata Ayane, and Hiraide Takashi. Yoshioka was born in 1919 in the Shitamachi District of Tokyo. Self-taught, he began during his teens by writing in traditional forms of Japanese verse, such as tanka and haiku, then was inspired after reading experimental haiku by Tomisawa Kakio. Later, Yoshioka would be greatly influenced by the early Japanese modernists, and was introduced to Surrealist writing and art through the
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 21, 2017
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