Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima (1925-70) is a collection of the Japanese author's short stories. Some are relatively early in his career (Death in midsummer, 1953), and some are from much later in his career (Patriotism, 1966). Because of this the stories offer a wide scope of his writing ability and … Continue reading Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

#211 – The grave

Are we all to be utterly Destroying, shattered into dust, Thrown into oblivion and Cast to the wind? Through whispers the universe Speaks, our master, tell me the Secrets of the abyss. The eternal decay of our Mortal flesh reveals the wheel, Which must turn, and continue To crush our bones as it Ploughs onward … Continue reading #211 – The grave

#208 – The state

The state, being a manifestation of The nation and directing its aims Through its people: we do not have this. We have state against nation: Where so many words are flung to the wind Like insignificant sands, mere specks in A collage of desires and obfuscation. Power hungry with aching bowels they Run with the … Continue reading #208 – The state