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Poetry Collection: Faraway Morning

Poetry Collection: Faraway Morning

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This book contains 32 pieces that Tetsuo Sunagawa published in fanzines, personal magazines, and Yaeyama newspapers between 1974 and 2000.

Author Sunagawa was born in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture in 1946, and moved to his parents' hometown of Miyakojima one year later, where he spent his first year of junior high school. He then moved to Ishigakijima, where he lives to this day. In September 1974, he founded the fanzine "Bara Bara" with photographers from Tokyo who had stayed there for a long time to take documentary photographs, and in 1998, he founded "Atoll."
The poetry collection "Distant Morning" is a collection of 32 pieces written by Sunagawa from his twenties in which he attempts to express self-salvation in a multilayered, universal way in relation to relationships with others, such as family and friends, and in relation to the situations facing Yaeyama, Okinawa, and Japan.

Tetsuo Sunagawa

Born in 1946 in Yahata city, Fukuoka prefecture (now Kitakyushu city). A few years later, he moved to his parents' hometown of Miyakojima. In 1961, during the summer of his third year of junior high school, he moved to Ishigakijima. In 1969, he participated in the launch of the Yaeyama Local Culture Study Group (which changed its name to the current Yaeyama Culture Study Group in February 1972). In 1974, he participated in the launch of the literary coterie magazine Bara Bara, and was the editor and publisher of the first issue. In 1989, he launched his personal magazine Atoll, which ceased publication with the 10th issue in 2002. In 2005, he participated in the revival of the coterie magazine Hi-Sekai in Okinawa city. In 2009, he received the 25th Yaeyama Mainichi Culture Award (Main Prize) (sponsored by the Yaeyama Mainichi Shimbun).

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