Takashi Hiraide was born in Moji, Kitakyushu in 1950. He has published numerous books of poetry as well as several books of genre-bending essays, including one on poetics and baseball. His other work includes a novel called The Guest Cat, a biography of Meiji poet Irako Seihaku, and a travelogue that follows the traces of Kafka, Celan, and Benjamin in Berlin. His poetry book Postcards to Donald Evans is published by the Tibor de Nagy Foundation. Hiraide is a professor of Art Science and Poetics as well as a core member of the new Institute for Art Anthropology at Tama Art University. His poetry book For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut won the Best Translated Book Award for poetry.
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No, we haven't gone mad. We've just been celebrating National Cat Day (October 29th, in case you missed it). And what better way to do that than ask our lovely @picadorbooks Twitter followers to write a poem about their feline friends?
The first thing I think of when I hear 'autumn' is the sound and feeling of walking through golden leaves and it's for that reason, I think, that a lot of these books are set in the natural world – or else they have a get-cosy-by-the-fire feel! Some are brand new, and some ...
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