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Matsuki Masutani

Matsuki Masutani was born in Japan and moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 1976. He now lives on Denman Island. He is a poet and a translator, having translated both from English into Japanese and from Japanese into English.


I Will Be More Myself in the Next World

Salt Spring Island, B.C.: Mother Tongue Publishing, 2021.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

In Masutani’s debut book of poetry, his clear minimalist poems embrace with gentle and perceptive wit; aging, family, dreams, his Japanese roots, self-acceptance and island life. Some poems rise tall like sunflowers in an understated garden, untangled and reflective, addressing marriage, Parkinson’s, Chemo and impermanence. You will know exactly where you are when you read “I will be more myself in the next world.” Japanese translations included.

Awards and Honours

2022 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (Finalist)


Publisher Mother Tongue Publishing (firm closed Dec. 31, 2021 with the retirement of the founder Mona Fertig)