Art by Keiko Hara. Published by Eastern Washington University Press, 2006. First edition. Hardcover, blue cloth. Accordion fold, printed in Japanese and English on translucent paper which overlays Hara illustration. Housed in slipcase. Fine in Near Fine slipcase.
A beautiful production.
Distant Rain records a conversation between the eloquent American poet Tess Gallagher and the renowned Japanese novelist and Buddhist nun Jakucho Setouchi that took place in 1990 at Jakuan, Setouchi’s home temple, in Sagano, Japan.
Gallagher had recently experienced the death of her husband, Raymond Carver, an internationally renowned short story writer. In a frank and at times humorous exchange, the two women trade observations about love and loss, and about the role of writing in coping with grief.