Mutsuo Takahashi (高橋睦郎) (1937 – ) is one of Japan’s most prominent living poets, having won almost every major poetry prize in the nation. Since first attracting the attention of the Japanese literary world with his bold poetic evocations of homoerotic desire in the 1960s, Takahashi has published several dozens of books of poetry and countless volumes of essays and literary criticism. Five collections of his poetry are available in English translation: Poems of a Penisist (Chicago Review Press, 1975, reprinted University of Minnesota Press, 2012), A Bunch of Keys: Selected Poems (The Crossing Press, 1984), Sleeping, Sinning, Falling (Nemuri to okashi to rakka to) (City Lights, 1992), On Two Shores: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus, 2006), and We of Zipangu (Arc Publications, 2007). His memoir Twelve Views from the Distance (Jū-ni no enkei) (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), translated by Jeffrey Angles, was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. Takahashi presently lives in the seaside city of Zushi, ten kilometers to the south of Yokohama. All of the poems in this issue come from the collection Tsui kinō no koto (Only Yesterday) (2018), a book in which Takahashi revisits many of the principal themes of his writing career in light of his lifelong relationship with Greece, Greek literature, and “Greek love.”