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Woman in a Blue Robe
Poems by Yoko Danno
Published by Isobar Press
Paperback, 65 pages

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Recipe for Tonight

1. a spoonful of madness
2. some kind of bait to lure fish
   or the opposite sex
3. a phosphorescent simile
4. a pinch of secret vice added
      to the chiken broth

• Visit Isobar's webpages: Woman in a Blue Robe and Yoko Danno.
• Review by Ian Brinton on The Tears in the Wall.

Salutations; a Festschrift for Burton Watson
Edited by Jesse Glass and Philip F. Williams
Published by Ahadada/Ekleksographia Plain Editions
Contributers: Yenna Wu, Philip F. Williams, Hoyt Cleveland Tillman, Gary Snyder, Hiroaki Sato, Philip Rowland, William H. Nienhauser, Jr., Victor H. Mair, Hua Li, Lucas Klein, Robert E. Hegel, Sam Hamill, Jesse Glass, Robert Epp, Yoko Danno,Timothy Clifford, Jonathan Chaves, Duncan M. Campbell and Stephen Addiss.
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Poems by Yoko Danno
Published by Grass Lyre Press
Paperback, 74 pages

Available via: Glass Lyre Press


6 tell it to the stone


a lotus unfurling
reveals a yellow eye
a secret, a manuscript
a wisp of memory

tell it to the stone
in the swift early hours
between red and white
timeless time in space

careful not to speak
underwater - unfathomable
mysteries long buried
will resurrect and survive

Review by Nettie Farris in BLUE LYRA REVIEW: A Literary Journal of Diverse Voices :

Aquamarine (2014), by the Japanese poet Yoko Danno, is a full-length collection of poems infused with water imagery. Water, in these poems, comes in many forms: pond, river, sea, waterfall, and seems to have magical powers. As we learn from the conclusion of....

Songs and Stories of
(the revised and second edition)
Retold by Yoko Danno
Published by Red Moon Press, Winchester VA
Paperback, 182 pages

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Written in collaboration by Yoko Danno and James C. Hopkins
The Word Works, International Edition, Washington, DC., 2006
Paperback, 82 pages

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$15.00 (plus postage and handling)
In Japan: mail to The Ikuta Press
¥1,700 (postage included)


the kindness of water
is its closeness
to death,
and the drowing
that we don't have to do.
the truth of water
is its sending us sunward,
back up
through the glittering blue door.
                     —James C. Hopkins

we look into each other's eyes
and hesitate a moment before entering
the blue shining

of expanding light.
                     —Yoko Danno

Back cover review by Hiroaki Sato:

Combining independently composed pieces, Yoko Danno and James C. Hopkins, through an unusual experiment that made the combination somewhat random, have succeeded in creating an intriguing sequence, a dream mosaic, which never lets go of the reader from start to finish.

eight pale women
by James C. Hopkins
The Word Works, Washington, DC., 2003
ISBN: 0-915380-53-6
Paperback, 107 pages

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$ 15.00 (plus postage)


at the edge of the woods
eight women,
pale and uninvited,
appeared and whispered,
"come with me" —
eight pale women
gauzed, and carved
like ivory.

thin, thin life
i have dreamed you so.

Grace Cavalieri writes:

The physical and mysticl are one with Hopkins; this book wants us to fall with him into vision. We feel the east and west comfortably coexisting, for, the book moves its poems from an American trekking the outside world, its rugged paths, to the breath of a man saying the world, from the inner eye. Describing becomes imagining, and finally, we reach an Asian tenderness at our journey's end... The Montserrat Review

EPITAPH for memories
by Yoko Danno
The Bunny and the Crocodile Press, Washington, DC., 2002
ISBN: 0-938572-35-0
Paperback, 53 pages

Available via: Ahadada Books
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¥1,500 (postage included)

Back cover review by Gary Snyder:

To invoke Japan, the Karakoram Himalaya, and then Tel El Amarna in Upper Egypt is a bold enough set of moves, but the way things rise in dreams can be far stranger and deeper. Amarna in snow? It is scarier yet to be crossing over to the spirit world, calling up ancient deities, and conversing with the shades. This poem of love, memory, and quest is a profound, heart-wrenching, joyous spiritual victory.

Leza Lowitz writes in The Japan Times: Heartfelt poetry from and inspired by Asia

After she lost her son in a 1986 mountain-climbing accident in the Karakoram Himalayas, Yoko Danno embarked on her own pilgrimage to appease his spirit and feed her own. The inspiration was to remember her son's life, but these poems, encouraged by poet Gary Snyder and written in English, chart the poet's inner and outer quest to embrace the life flow of the universe, which includes loss and death as well as joy....

Songs and Stories of the KOJIKI
Retold by Yoko Danno
Ahadada Books, Tokyo/ Toronto, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9781414-7-9
Paperback, 162 pages
Available via: Ahadada Books
Small Press Distribution,

Donald Richie writes in the Asian Bookshelf, The Japan Times: Simplicity restored by poetic license

The Kojiki is famously difficult to read. It is written in a language that is to modern Japanese something like Anglo-Saxon is to English. Any readable edition must modernize, and how much more difficult to render these subtleties in a foreign tongue. And here is Yoko Danno's translation: “The dancer deity Uzume, her sleeves girded up with hikage-creepers of the holy Kagu Mountain, her hair ornamented with a headdress woven with heavenly evergreen vines, bundles of bamboo leaves in her hands... sang and danced in a divine trance, exposing her breasts and lowering her skirt down to her genitals. The Heavenly High Plains echoed loud as the multitudinous deities laughed together. “...

Michael Lambe writes in his Scrapbook: Songs and Stories of the Kojiki retold by Yoko Danno

The following verse, attributed to Susanowo, a storm god, is traditionally said to be the oldetJapanese poem. According to the Kojiki, Susanowo composed this song when building a palace for his new bride in the misty land of Izumo.

Eightfold clouds
Rise in the land of Izumo,
Forming eightfold fences around
To confine my beloved wife in the palace!
Oh, the eightfold fences of clouds!

Jerome Rothenberg introduces Songs and Stories of the Kojiki and excerpts some sections in his Poems and Poetics

[....Like other such works it begins with the generations of the gods & follows their creation of & descent into -- this-place-here. The fecundity & sexuality of those early gods -- like Izanaki and Izanami in the present instance -- an example of surreality (= poesis) as an attempt to comprehend & thereby to possess the world.

Yoko Danno's Songs and Stories of the Kojiki (Ahadada Books, 2008) is the first translation to capture the full sweep & ferocity of the Japanese original]

Tell Me Where To Be Born
by Avideh Shashaani
The Bunny and Crocodile Press, Washington, DC, 2008
Paperback, 134 pages

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Grace Cavalieri writes:

Avideh Shashaani's new book of poems presents a challenge to the highest spirit in us. It asks that our full attention be turned to the children of the world, with the hope and knowledge that innocence is not a point of departure, but a path of return. Tell Me Where to Be Born is where children live in a consecrated place asking for their lives to be given back to them. Each poem presents a story, a song, a dream, a plea, a voice of prayer - as the traffic of the world moves past a poet's crystal window.

(Poet/Producer: The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress for public radio)

Shashaani's poems: Poetry Quarterly

incidental music
by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa
BlazeVOX, Buffalo, New York, 2010
Paperback, 110 pages

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• $16.00 (plus postage)



The day crosses the
Landscape and
Left at

An intersection commemorating
Energy jubilation dissolves
Only so much at

Exactly the moment i
Feel so
Walls places around me

To ease up from the womb like a
Border of white canes you
Can't pass

Falling through

Steve Finbow writes in The Japan Times: Existence is but a brief shimmer of light

"Incidental Music" opens with the marriage and schism of death and birth, a cracking open of the seam of verse, a fractured sonnet probing Nabokov's observation that "the cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness."....

A Geography of the United States
by Lindley Williams Hubbell
P.P., A PRESS, Middletown Springs, Vermont, 1999
ISBN: 1-889087^04-1
Paperback, 52 pages

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A Geography of the United States is a bound, unpublished collection found among his papers after his death in Kyoto, in 1994.

Autumn Stone in the Woods
A Tribute to Lindley Williams Hubbell
Edited by David Burleigh & Hiroaki Sato
P.P., A PRESS, 1997
ISBN: 1-889087-03-3
Paperback, 120 pages

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A memorial collection of essays, poems & interview :
by Donald Richie, Hiroaki Sato, Rand Castile, Kazuko Hatano, David Burleigh, Hisako Ueno, Tajiro Iwayama, Hisao Kanaseki, James Kirkup, Yoko Danno and Shigeki Yamamoto
with a selection of Hubbell's poems

The CD-ROM edition
Edited by Makoto Ozaki
THE IRIS PRESS, Kyoto, 2005
ISBN: 4-9901282-6-5
To order: mail to The Ikuta Press
¥3,000 (postage included)

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