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In Kyoto

by Bashō
Translated by Robert Hass

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

Bashō (1644-1694) is primarily known for his mastery of haiku and his poetic travelogue, The Narrow Road to Oku. “In Kyoto” is a well-known poem about the complexities of desire.

Submitted by: David Chirico