The Japan Foundation, New York and New Directions Publishing are co-presenting two events featuring Gozo Yoshimasu in conjunction with his new book, Alice Iris Red Horse, which is scheduled for release in the US on Tuesday, September 27. Gozo is a critically acclaimed Japanese poet, photographer, artist, and filmmaker who has won several awards, including the Imperial Prize from the Japan Art Academy, the Takami Jun Prize, the Rekitei Prize, and the 50th Mainichi Art Award for Poetry. He also received the Purple Ribbon Medal and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays from the Japanese government.
The Poetry Project Presents Gozo Yoshimasu
Friday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m.
The Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church – 131 E. 10th Street (at Stuyvesant Street)
Admission: $8/$7 seniors and students
“Gozo’s poems often explore, like Basho’s, moments in journeys that are at once physical and spiritual. His work sprawls, expanding and contracting like the universe,” says Gander, who is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, translation, and essays whose 2011 collection Core Samples from the World was an NBCC and Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry.
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Blank Forms presents Gozo Yoshimasu at Off Vendrome Gallery When:
Saturday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Off Vendrome – 254 W. 23rd Street, #2 (between 7th and 8th)
Admission: $12 in advance/$15 at the door/$8 members
Gozo constantly challenges himself to reinvent and reinvigorate his poetry, which chronicles a tireless pursuit of origins. He also explores the idea of always being in movement. As a traveler his itineraries initially followed those of the great 17th century Japanese poet Basho and then widened to a more personal “pilgrimage” from the isles of Japan to the American desert, to Central Asia and the common streets in most continents in the world.
To purchase tickets, please visit the event’s brownpapertickets page.