Part of what is so attractive in Yotsumoto's poetry is that it bypasses the supposed dichotomy between experimental and traditional poetry, or (the same idea posed more accurately) the false choice of much contemporary North American and Australian poetry between an abstract/cerebral poetry that flees sentimentality by avoiding engagement with the world (L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry at its extreme) and poetry as an all too prosaic description of the outside world, often in the form of tedious autobiographic recount. Yotsumoto's poetry (and Tanikawa's even more powerfully) demonstrate how surprise, innovation and true poetic experimentation serve to bring us closer to the everyday world - not to flee from it." -Cordite Poetry Review
Yasuhiro Yotsumoto was born in Osaka, Japan in 1959 and grew up mostly in Hiroshima. His first collection of poetry was 'A Laughing Bug' in 1991. Since then 7 collections of his poetry have been published, including 'Muddy Calender' (coauthored with Inuo Taguchi, 2008), 'Starboard of My Wife' (2006), 'Golden Hour' (2004). His awards include the Hagiwara Sakutaro Award and his poems have been translated into more than 10 languages. His latest translations into Japanese include 'Kid' by Simon Armitage.