Tuesday, April 8, 2014

National Poetry Month vs Steamscapes: Asia -- Tanka 1

Yokohama Harbor by Kuniteru II (1870)

Driven, man and steel
Scuttle along the busy
Yokohama road.

The future is the present
And what I knew fades away.

Hokusai died in 1849.  Hiroshige died in 1858.  The ukiyo-e print was in sharp decline by the time of Steamscapes' 1871, but it was still a contemporary artform.  The Edo Period was still part of living memory.

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