Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867)




Ukiyo-e Lady in the Snow



In the middle of the storm

the red umbrella keeps the snow away from her face.


She is Eizan's ukiyo-e lady

sentenced to stand in the harbor forever.


Hair pulled back, waist tied by an obi,

she turns her back to the sea.


This winter morning how I want to look like her,

the elegant stance, the perfect neck.


Hear the wind fondle the black and gold kimono

as I stand barefoot in the snow.




– from The Battlefield of Your Body (El Campo De Batalla De Tu Cuerpo)