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Michiyo Kawano was born in Fukuoka, Japan. She started with the poetry magazines «Shoki-ki» and «Shoki» co-edited by Masato Inagawa and Takashi Hiraide in the 1970s. Producing finely honed poems fusing metaphysical and musical qualities, her poetry works have a perilous degree of perfection.
The first poetry collection «Copperplate Scenery» (1977) received praise from Japanese poets and critics, and in 1980’s the series of poems «Reminiscence and This Mortal Frame» was highly praised by Tsuguo Ando a great poet, but she has maintained a proud independence keeping a distance from the public. A prize was decided to be given to «spira mirabilis» (1992) including this series of works, but she declined it.
A great Japanese sculptor Isamu Wakabayashi persuaded her to make an artist’s book combining his copperplate prints and her poems. Then the limited edition of 7 copies of «Flower (Tissue of Dream Nearing to Stillness» was published in 1998. The exhibition was held at Gallery Ikeda Bijutsu Tokyo in 2000. She has published more poetry collection «Flower, Steam and Distance» (panta rhei) in 2009 (Yomiuri Literary Award). This book was written with the motif of Wakabayashi’s sculptures after the death of him, creating a new poetic dimension between plastic arts and verbal arts. The prose work «The Gleam of Time» (2012) is the short essays observing small lives at her window but by her lucid eyes and extremely subtle and precise Japanese prose it becomes a poetic book of Revelation.
«Copperplate Scenery» (Shoki-shorin 1977)
«spira mirabilis» (private edition=25, Shoshi Yamada popular edition=225, 1992)
Isamu Wakabayashi+Michiyo Kawano «Flower (Tissue of Dream Nearing to Stillness» limited edition of 7 copies Wakabayashi Studio 1998/ask panta rhei for buying
ibid. popular edition (Gallery Ikeda Bijutsu 2000)
Anthology (Ryuichi Tamura and others)«New Century of Poetry——24 contemporary poets» (Shinchosha)
«Flower, Steam and Distance»(panta rhei 2009)
«The Gleam of Time» crystal cage (Tokyo Publishing House 2012)

河野道代(かわの みちよ) 詩人。福岡県生れ。
1977年の第一詩集『銅版風景』は高い評価をもって迎えられ、とくに1986年に雑誌に発表された連作「回想と現身 そのほか」は安東次男に絶賛されたが、以後もつづけて孤高を持し、詩壇から決定的な距離をとっている。「回想と現身」をふくむ詩集『spira mirabilis』(1993)については、ある賞の授賞決定の報を受けたが謝絶した。
若林の死後、追悼の意を込めながらその彫刻をモチーフに『花・蒸気・隔たり』をpanta rheiより刊行し、言語芸術と造形芸術とのあいだに新しい詩的次元を創出した(2009年度読売文学賞受賞)。
2017年よりエッセイや評論を小冊子に収めるpanta rhei叢書を創刊し、『詩史の形成』『凧』『孤立する存在』などを刊行中。
2022年、詩集『思惟とあらわれ』をpanta rheiより刊行。

『銅版風景』(書紀書林刊 1977)
『spira mirabilis』(私家版=25部 普及版=書肆山田刊 1993)
若林奮との詩画集『花(静止しつつある夢の組織』(限定7部 若林スタジオ刊 1998 /panta rhei 取扱い)
同・普及版『花(静止しつつある夢の組織』(ギャラリー池田美術刊 2000)

『花・蒸気・隔たり』(panta rhei 2009)
『時の光』crystal cage 叢書(東京パブリッシングハウス 2012)
『思惟とあらわれ』(panta rhei 2022)