Mariko Kitakubo poetry reading at the Asia Bookroom

johnboy 25 February 2009

Here’s an interesting event.

The Japanese writer and performance poet, Mariko Kitakubo, is going to be appearing at Jamison’s Asia Bookroom next month for a reading of her ‘tanka’ poetry from a new anthology, translated into English by Amelia Fielden (translating poetry often being more taxing than writing it in the original language).

Tanka is the grown up version of the better known Haiku form. Translated it runs in five lives with a 5-7-5-7-7 form (Haiku being 5-7-5).

    Amelia will give a brief explanation of the tanka form and its background. Wearing traditional kimono Mariko and Amelia will then perform, in Japanese and English, a large selection of poems from Cicada Forest to
    musical accompaniment by Rupert Summerson playing the shakuhachi.

Admission is by gold coin donation. All money raised will go towards NTA East Indonesia Aid.

RSVP: Tuesday March 3 to Asia Bookroom. Ph 6251 5191 Email

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