The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa
by Chika Sagawa (Japan)
translated from the Japanese by Sawako Nakayasu
For readers new to Chika Sagawa’s work, this collection offers a thorough and persuasive introduction to her work, but Sawako Nakayasu’s expert and exquisite translations also reveal the extent to which these poems remain charged with currency and energy many decades after Sagawa’s early death at the age of 24. In her astute selection from Sagawa’s oeuvre, Nakayasu argues that “Japanese Modernism was not so much an offshoot of European art movements, but rather its own complex web of developments that evolved on its own terms.” So too did Chika Sagawa, who refused to get “chipped away” by the trends of her day.