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“Yakult Swallows Poetry Collection” by Haruki Murakami

February 28, 2011

“Yakult Swallows Poetry Collection” is a collection of various short poems scattered throughout Haruki Murakami and Shigesato Itoi’s 1981 strange collaborative story collection, Let’s Meet in a Dream.

Oil Sardines

Hey ump,
where you lookin’ at,
I ate some canned sardines yesterday,
but they were a hell of a lot better than you are.




“In between third base and home base,”
Oosugi stated after the game,
“There’s some kinda Tropic of Cancer,
and that
is what stopped my feet.”



Star Wars

A long time ago,
in a galaxy far, far away,
the Yakult Swallows won a game, I think…?



Charlie Manuel: An Ode to Charlie Manuel

Charlie Manuel
snatched the fly-ball to right field
like a man snatching a falling hand grenade
in the middle of a land-mine field




“It’s not my fault
that Matsuoka gave up a home run”
the unhappy
beer vendor boy said.



From → Fiction, Translation

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