London: Pushkin Press, 2018. Mio Matsumoto (cover illustration). New Pushkin Press Edition. Paperback. NEW. 12.8 x 19.8 cm. 141 pp. Item #10841
Translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter.
//Like the morning paper
you slipped into my life
and the word "beginning" took a glow
The sight of you from behind
reading a paperback as you wait for me---
I'll pace myself,
write to you only at two-day intervals,
to make it through this season//
--- From "Backstreet Cat"
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