UOG Professor Publishes Book of Tanka Poetry and Essays


Guam – Dr. Yukiko Inoue-Smith’s new book, A Shawl of Mist: Expressing the Modern Soul in an Ancient Poetic Style, has just been published by the University Press of America (August 2012).

The book shares tanka poetry, and short essays written to complement the poems. The essays provide practical thoughts based on the author’s long years of personal and professional experiences in Japan, the United States, and Guam.   

The book expresses the author’s perspective, as follows: “All of us are students in the school called ‘Life,’ which has no standard type of curriculum and no graduate examination. I have never known anyone who ‘graduated’ from this school, simply because death is the only time we human beings can make an end of learning.”

Yukiko Inoue-Smith, Ph.D., has been a member of the faculty of the School of Education at the University of Guam since 1997. Inoue-Smith has been extensively involved in work with tanka, which is Japan’s oldest and most esteemed poetry genre. Inoue-Smith is a professor of educational psychology and research, and considers poetry an equally important element of her life’s work.