Nobody knows Emperors and Queens more intimately
June 29, 2008 11:39 PM   Subscribe

Pictures of 100 poems by 100 poets, explained by a Wet Nurse - Hokusai's pictures describe what the poems do in the head of a wet nurse. With high resolution scans.
posted by tellurian (9 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I spend my Monday morning drinking coffee
and walking through 100 Wet Nurse woodcuts,
trying to find the perfect desktop wallpaper.
Outside, I fail to notice the rain and wind
are blowing down the last pink of the myrtles.

(This is good, tellurian. Thanks.)
posted by steef at 5:34 AM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]

Great. What is it that gives Hokusai's stuff that special quality? That little bit of extra something that not even Hiroshige, brilliant as he is, has quite got? I wish I could work it out.
posted by Phanx at 5:47 AM on June 30, 2008

So good. I love these in particular.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 6:27 AM on June 30, 2008

Damn good post. I love this stuff.
posted by spicynuts at 6:40 AM on June 30, 2008

Also, this is the quote of the day:

"When one selects a wet nurse one selects her (as Hokusai would have said) for her big tits full of milk and not for her knowledge of the poetry of Emperors who had died 1000 years ago."
posted by spicynuts at 6:43 AM on June 30, 2008

Cool pictures.
posted by ersatz at 4:16 PM on June 30, 2008

It is a very, very sad day when a post about Violet Blue earns over 550 replies, and this thread remains in the single digits.

posted by TrinaSelwyn at 6:58 AM on July 1, 2008

I was just thinking the same thing. The problem is there is no controversy to be stoked here. I mean..who's gonna come in and crap on Hokusai?
posted by spicynuts at 8:16 AM on July 1, 2008

TrinaSelwyn, you are an absolute sweetheart for saying that. You too, spicynuts. I have been criticised in the past for understating posts. I come from the not 'spoon fed', or 'stating the bleeding obvious' school of posting. Reduce the URL, explore and discover is the way.
posted by tellurian at 10:22 AM on July 1, 2008

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