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Masutani’s debut in fifth printing

January 15th, 2024

Matsuki Masutani’s debut book of poetry I will be more myself in the next world (Mother Tongue $19.95) has gone into its fifth printing, a major achievement for a BC poet.

The collection, which contains poems written in both English and Japanese, won a Canada-Japan Literary Award in 2023.

Matsuki Masutani is a poet and translator living on Denman Island. He moved from Tokyo to Vancouver in 1976. Ten years later he moved to Denman Island, where he eventually began writing poems in English and Japanese. He has translated Canadian works such as Roy Kiyooka’s Mothertalk, and Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms, into Japanese. He has also translated from Japanese into English: Kishizo Kimura’s memoir Witness to Loss, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2017.

Masutani’s poems have appeared in Geist magazine, Capilano Review and in the anthology Love of the Salish Sea Islands.

Photo by Brian Grogan.

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