Day 14: Inspiration from Yukio Mishima (National Poetry Month)

Today’s quote is brought to you by one of my artistic and literary heroes, the incredible Yukio Mishima.

Yukio Mishima

Here’s an excerpt from his film, Patriotism (The Criterion Collection) (or, the Rite of Love and Death).

It’s his only film, but it’s a wonderful painting worthy in its own right as cinematic and expressive. This scene is not for the faint of heart; it showcases seppuku (ritual suicide), which is how Mishimia would later end his life after a failed attempt at overthrowing the Japanese government.

I could go on and on. I won’t. Instead, read this wonderful essay on the film by Tony Rayns, Patriotism: The Word Made Flesh. What a title!

If you’re interested, I recommend reading some of Mishima’s varied works. He wrote one of my favorites, Sun and Steel. His well-known works include The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, The Sound of Waves, Spring Snow: The Sea of Fertility, 1, and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea.

Today’s Quote

Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.”

Yukio Mishima

Poem A Day

the Typewriter Poetry edition

All of April, we’re sharing Typewriter Poetry made by poets around the world for National Poetry Month. If you’d like to be featured, submit your typewritten poem-a-day by tagging #typewriterpoetry & @typewriterpoetry on Instagram.

Day 14, Poem 14

Another addition to the daily poem-a-day gallery! Take a peak at the Daily Typewriter Poetry post to read featured typewriter poetry.

National Poetry Month Writing Quotes

Here’s a selection of all the #NaPoWriMo inspirational writing quotes.

Yukio Mishima

Support Typewriter Poetry

Like what Typewriter Poetry is doing? There are quite a few creative and interesting ways to support us:

Purchase your Amazon books through Typewriter Poetry

This post features affiliate links from Amazon. That means any time you click a link and order an item, Typewriter Proceed collects a small amount of funds through your order. You’ll be treating yourself to a literary treat as well as making the Typewriter Poetry community better!

Today’s direct referral includes Yukio Mishima’s film, Patriotism (The Criterion Collection), as well as his written work: Sun and Steel, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, The Sound of Waves, Spring Snow: The Sea of Fertility, 1, and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea.

We’d appreciate if you purchased your Amazon books through our website.

Collaborative Wishlist

We’re curating an awesome collection of books based on what you recommend and what you’d like to read: Collaborative Wishlist

It hosts direct affiliate links from Amazon, so we’d appreciate if you bought yourself a title through our website.

We’d love if you recommend a title for our growing compilation. Leave a comment on the Collaborative Wishlist!

Donate to Tupelo Press

 
tupelo-press_typewriter-poetry

For 2016’s #NationalPoetryMonth, I’m fundraising on behalf of Tupelo Press, a small literary publisher. Tupelo’s 30/30 Project is an all-year monthly round of writing a poem a day. Check out their website. You can read the collection of poetry I volunteered to write for the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project. I also encourage you to donate in my name to Tupelo Press. 100% of proceeds go to their literary press, it’s tax-deductible, and you’ll be a patron of the arts!

 

suck myself out the heart i give it back

 
Enjoying the work I’ve been steadily producing for National Poetry Month? It’s for my upcoming art book, suck myself out the heart i give it back. You can watch my artistic process unfold at blog.billimarie.com.