THIS WEEK'S BIG NEWS:
Spencer Thurlow begins 3-year term as Poet Laureate of West Tisbury, Massachusetts! Read all about it here.
Together, we translated “Sonic Peace,” the award-winning first book by contemporary Japanese poet Kiriu Minashita. The book was published (in a bilingual edition) in December, 2017 by LA-based Phoneme Media. We have created this site to share Minashita’s work, as well as our own, with an English-speaking audience.
Spencer and Eric met at a poker game in Boston in 2012, and have worked together ever since on a number of projects. We traded stock options and blogged about finance. We organized traveling poetry workshops in New Mexico and Maine. We ran several PR campaigns together for arts organizations. Both Spencer and Eric lead busy professional lives, and this is where we come together for literary pursuits.
Translating “Sonic Peace” together was the hardest thing either of us had ever done. Spencer was living in Kochi, Japan at the time, so we worked together via twice-weekly video calls (late nights in Boston; mornings in Japan). Minashita’s work is densely beautiful, and we felt compelled to share her post-apocalyptic, dystopian message with an English-speaking audience. We finally met Ms. Minashita at the very end of the project, and she told us our American translation is “very exquisite.” We are grateful to her for endorsing our work.