By Joseph Woods

Our Shared Japan

An anthology of poetry and haiku by Irish writers, inspired by the literature and culture of Japan


DE ANGELIS, Irene & WOODS, Joseph, editors

To mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan in 1957, Our Shared Japan, edited by Irene De Angelis and Joseph Woods, and with an Afterword by Seamus Heaney, brings together a large selection of poems and haiku by Irish writers (both in English and in Irish) written or published during those 50 years. Featuring some of the best-known names in contemporary Irish poetry, it also includes many younger poets who have grown up with and, in various ways, responded to those growing connections.

Some of the poets have visited or spent time in Japan and write from that experience; others respond to a Japan of the imagination, adopting or adapting Japanese poetic technique as a means to expand and enrich their own ways of looking at the world.

In this respect, Our Shared Japan is a celebration of outside influence, but it is also a celebration of the power of poetry, wherever we may travel to find it, to bring us to ourselves.

Our Shared Japan is published with the sponsorship of the Cultural Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and with the support of Poetry Ireland.

ISBN 9781904556824 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 250 pp
October 2007

Additional information

Weight.5 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781904556824
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 250 pp
  • Published: : October 2007

About The Author


JOSEPH WOODS is the award-winning author of three poetry collections. Sailing to Hokkaido (2001) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and, together with his second, Bearings, was reissued by Dedalus in a single volume entitled Cargo in 2010. His most recent, Ocean Letters (2011), has been translated into Hungarian and was awarded the Irodalmi Jelen Prize in 2013. A past recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and of the Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship, he was for many years Director of Poetry Ireland. Widely travelled, he lived in Japan in the early 1990s and has travelled extensively and often in Asia. He has edited various publications including, with Irene de Angelis, Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007), an anthology exploring the influence of Japanese poetry and culture in general on Irish writing. He moved to Myanmar in the years leading up to democratic elections and now lives in Harare, Zimbabwe with his family. “A poet with the whole world in his hip-pocket.” — James J McAuley