Chimako Tada

(1930 - 2003 / Tokyo, Japan)

Biography of Chimako Tada

Chimako Tada (多田智満子 Tada Chimako?, April 1, 1930 – January 23, 2003) was a Japanese poet renowned for her surreal style and evocation of women's experience in post-war Japan. She authored more than 15 books of Japanese poetry, and also translated prose and poetry from French. Tada wrote in traditional styles, such as tanka and haiku, as well as contemporary prose poetry.

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Mirrors

The mirror is always slightly taller than I
It laughs a moment after I laugh
Turning red as a boiled crab
I cut myself from the mirror with shears

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When my lips draw close, the mirror clouds over
And I vanish behind my own sighs

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