ねじめ正一 ~直木賞作家であり、詩人である文筆家~

1948年6月16日生まれ。父は俳人のねじめ正也。阿佐ヶ谷パール商店街で「ねじめ民芸店」を営む。81年、詩集「ふ」で第31回H氏賞を、89年、小説「高円寺純情商店街」で第101回直木賞を、2008年小説「荒地の恋」で第3回中央公論文芸賞を、09年、小説「商人」で第3回舟橋聖一文学賞を受賞。小説に「長嶋少年」、「認知の母にキッスされ」ほか。絵本も手がけていて、「まいごのことり」で第15回ひろすけ童話賞受賞。絵本には「かあさんになったあーちゃん」「あいうえおにぎり」「まんまるおつきさん」「そらとぶこくばん」多数。

実験的な詩「脳膜メンマ」が注目され、過激なスタイルで朗読をして、世の中に詩人という存在を注目させた。ペテルブルグで若い詩人と朗読したり、香港の詩人たちとも朗読したりこともある。言葉が通じないながらも音が伝わり、笑いを取る。山形酒田では定期的に朗読会をやり、地域に根差すということも真剣に考えている。

詩にはブラックユーモアもあるが、それだけでなく、言葉の組み合わせの妙がある。過激で大らかで、明るいニヒリズムをもっとーに詩は書き続けている。「ぼくらの言葉塾」「言葉の力を贈りたい」などの詩や言葉についての本もある。父親の影響で俳句詠みとしても長く俳句絵本「恋の猫」もある。

本年は小説、「むーさんの自転車」(中央公論新社)八月刊行、「暮れない夜」(文芸春秋社)九月刊行。

ねじめ正一はマルチなんていうほどかっこよくなく、不器用に小説、詩、絵本、俳句と闘っている。

Vancouver based Japanese poet Soramaru Takayama will present his sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, always engaging poetry through a blend of spoken word and theatre movement. This is poetry like you’ve never seen it. Along side Takayama, the event will feature renowned Japanese poet and Naoki Award winning author Shoichi Nejime.

Takayama and Nejime will be accompanied by a local musician, Kofu, who will be playing the taiko drum and the shakuhachi flute. There will also be a poetry reading from Nejime and the show will finish with a collaborative performance from both artists.

All the performances will be in Japanese, however, English subtitles will be projected during the show so that everyone in the audience can experience the full magic of the evening.

Sora Takayama is a master poet and artist of vision, creativity, and expressive movement. His performances are filled with the full spectrum of humanity, engaging both the personal and the universal. His passionate performances stir the imaginations and emotions of his audience. A must see!

Maggie Tchir

Japanese Canadian Museum Committee, Langham Cultural Society

On Sora Sensei’s Art: His is poetry that conjures up sensual images, that pricks you, that gives you pause to think, to smile and possibly even to make you hungry!

Bon Dos

Cofounder , ARC (Acts of Random Care) Works

Sora is an artist in life. He is passionate and dedicated to his craft, always learning, experimenting, and finding new ways to share and collaborate with other creative minds.

Leanne Dunic

Artistic Director, Powell Street Festival Society

Be sure to see the wonderful performance of the talented poet and actor Soramaru Takayama in this inspiring must see show!

Ariadne Sawyer

Cofounder, World Poetry Canada International

On Sora’s MUJI opening performance: Soramaru, the poet, has beautifully translated the concept and vision of Muji into a poem in his well-done performance.

Asako Okai

Consul General, Japan

photo John Endo Greenaway

photo John Endo Greenaway

photo John Endo Greenaway