Year Of The Dog

Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Salt Publishing; 2 edition (15 Mar 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1844714780
ISBN-13: 978-1844714780
Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 1.6 cm

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Tobias Hill’s first full length collection, Year of the Dog, won an Eric Gregory award in 1995. Dominated by images and narratives from Hill’s stay in Japan, as well as other travel poems, the book contains Hill’s celebrated sequence A Year in Japan, with its sweeping filmic narratives of the poet’s encounters in a distant and strange world. Hill’s skills in depicting urban pastoral landscapes and human tableaux are much in evidence. Now made available in a new edition, this hard-to-obtain work will delight fans and collectors alike.


from A Year in Japan

She meets the train
at Burning Stone station,
red leaves in her pocket
and the river from the mountain
green as an eye.

The sun keeps rhythm
through the pines. The train beats time. She tells me that
her names translate as Three Eight Sweet One,
Sickle-Hand, and that her town
is famous for carrots, and that

the moon has no face in Japan,
but the shadow of a hare, leapt
from the arms of a god.

Later, under the sod-black trees
she hides her face against the wind
and asks me to teach her to kiss.