of being caught perfectly
in fiction that is perfection,
I try to write imperfect poetry with perfect imperfection;
but I can only write imperfect poetry
with meaningful poetry,
I try to write
nothing can be more difficult
than writing meaningless poetry.
Words have meaning —
infinite meaning — and meaning multiplies, multiplies;
never ceasing to insist
that they cannot help meaning by any means.
-Iijima Koichi (1930- )
translated from the Japanese by by Naoshi Koriyama & Edward Lueders