Alice Iris Red Horse by Yoshimasu Gozo
"Gozo Yoshimazu, an experimental Japanese poet, painter, musician, and shaman, is interested in breaking the written word open. A new career-spanning volume, Alice Iris Red Horse, gives a sense of his powers... [His] inclusiveness includes the universe and he invites us along."
– Emily Wolahan, The Quarterly Conversation
Yoshimasu Gozo’s groundbreaking poetry has spanned over half a century since the publication of his first book, Departure, in 1964. Much of his work is highly unorthodox: it challenges the print medium and language itself, and consequently Alice Iris Red Horse is as much a book on translation as it is a book in translation.
Gozo has won many of Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, including the 50th Mainichi Art Award for Poetry. Since the late ‘60s, he has collaborated with visual artists and free-jazz musicians. In the 1980s he began creating art objects engraved on copper plates and later produced photographs and video works.
Alice Iris Red Horse contains translations of Gozo’s major poems from the Japanese, representing his entire career. Also included are illuminating interviews, reproductions of Gozo’s artworks, and photographs of his performances. The book is edited by Forrest Gander.