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SCOTT WATSON: THE SANTOKA Bookgirl Press
3-13-16 Tsurugaya-higashi
Miyagino-ku
Sendai
983-0826
Japan
ISBN 4 915948 41 2
1000 [US$10]

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SCOTT WATSON: THE SANTOKA

This slim book contains English versions of a selection of Taneda Santoka's haiku, which first appeared as two journal items in The Tohoku Gakuin Review WEEDS WE'D WED and A LIFE TO LIVE. Santoka's work can be thought of as rather spontaneous. An introduction to Santoka's work is given at the back of the book. Santoka is a well-known poet. His father squandered the family's wealth in order to support his drinking habit, and his mother committed suicide. Santoka found her body in a well when he was just 11 years old. Santoka's younger brother also committed suicide. Santoka may have attempted suicide on one occasion. Santoka married and had a child, but his relationship with his wife deteriorated and he travelled about as a monk. Sanktoka's work is highly respected. Comments are given after some of the haiku. Some translations are written over two lines:

	nothing to wait on:
	the risen moon
Some are written over three lines:
	air raid sirens
	one after another
	persimmons are red
Those presented under the title A LIFE TO LIVE, in particular, include versions written over various line lengths:
	all day saying nothing waves sounding
This is an enjoyable haiku publication, which also contains some interesting comments about Santoka's life.

reviewer: Doreen King.