Yone Noguchi

(1875 - 1947 / Tsushima)

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Yonejirō Noguchi (December 8, 1875 - July 13, 1947), was an influential Japanese writer of poetry, fiction, essays, and literary criticism in both English and Japanese. He is known in the West by his pen name Yone Noguchi. He was the father of noted sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

Noguchi was born in what is now part of the city of Tsushima, near Nagoya. He attended Keio University in Tokyo, ... more »

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At Night

At night the Universe grows lean, sober-
faced, of intoxication,
The shadow of the half-sphere curtains
down closely against my world, like a
doorless cage, and the stillness chained by
wrinkled darkness strains throughout the Uni-
verse to be free.
Listen, frogs in the pond, (the world is a pond itself)
cry out for the light, for the truth!
The curtains rattle ghostlily along, bloodily biting
my soul, the winds knocking on my cabin door
with their shadowy hands.

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