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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.

4/10/1981

 

Squeeze

“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.”

9/2/1981

 

Star Wars

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

3/24/1986

 

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

6/28/1981

 

Beer

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

5/16/1981

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