February 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Translator Sho Sugita will read from Japanese Futurist Hirato Renkichi's collected poems, Spiral Staircase, published by Ugly Ducking Presse. Hirato Renkichi produced a unique brand of Futurism from the late 1910s and early 1920s through poetry, criticism, and guerrilla performance. Contributing to the earliest productions of Japanese avant–garde poetry, his aggressive experimentation with speed, spatialization, and performability would later influence what became a lively community of Dadaist and Surrealist writers in pre–war Japan. Spiral Staircase is the first definitive volume of Renkichi's poems to appear in English.

Sho Sugita lives in Matsumoto, Japan. His recent poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in VOLT, Poems by Sunday, Chicago Review, 6x6, Lana Turner, Paperbag, A Perimeter, and Asymptote.

“It's hard to fathom how a poet with such balls could go under the radar for nearly one hundred years. Hirato Renkichi's devotion to poetry puts him in the company of Rimbaud and Mayakovsky...Sho Sugita's labor in contextualizing and translating this collection is a real gift to English-language readers.” —Lisa Jarnot