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John Perlman, Florida Keys, II
otata 21 (September 2017) will be an e-book of poems by Valentina Meloni.
The usual format will return for the October issue.
Otata will come again
late fall in the mountains
— Santoka as translated by Burton Watson
Otata mo aru hi wa kite kureru yama no aki fukaku
As Watson notes, “Otata was a woman who went around selling fish in the area of Santoka’s cottage in Matsuyama.”
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