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Spiral Staircase

Authors: Hirato Renkichi

Published by Ugly Duckling Presse

ISBN: 9781937027667

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"a momentous, of-the-moment figure little known in the English-speaking world."  David Grubbs

Once called “the Marinetti of Japan” by David Burliuk, Hirato Renkichi produced a unique brand of Futurism from the late 1910s and early 1920s through poetry, criticism, and guerrilla performance. Contributing to the earliest productions of Japanese avant-garde poetry, his aggressive experimentation with speed, spatialization, and performability would later influence what became a lively community of Dadaist and Surrealist writers in pre-war Japan.Spiral Staircase is the first definitive volume of Renkichi’s poems to appear in English. 

With an introduction by Sho Sugita and an afterword by Eric Selland.

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