Monthly Archives: October 2009

CHRYSANTHEMUMS AND PERSIMMONS

Several times a week, I pass a public stairwell with a big flower arrangement on the landing.  This week the arrangement consists mostly of white, pink-tipped roses and pinkish gladioli.  The arranger obviously does not share the aesthetic that tells … Continue reading

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FALLING LEAVES

In old hokku, falling and fallen leaves are generally a winter subject.  But where I live, as well as in many other parts of North America, they are generally more appropriate to deep autumn. Ryōkan wrote: The wind Brings enough … Continue reading

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LEARNING FROM SCARECROWS

What is most important in hokku is understanding its aesthetics, which are generally quite different from those of English-language poetry.  One who understands the aesthetics and knows the basics of form and punctuation in hokku could actually do self-teaching merely … Continue reading

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WINDBLOWN BANANAS

Once a student has a good foundation in the principles and practice of hokku, he or she is then free to explore and develop.  And in doing this, one learns to take what is helpful from the old teachers such … Continue reading

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¿HOKKU EN ESPAÑOL?

Parece que algunos habladores de Español leen mi sitio.  ¡Bienvenidos! Si Uds. tienen preguntas o comentarios, hagan «clic» en “Leave a Comment” al fin del artículo, y así pueden mandarme un mensaje. No puedo prometir que voy a responder en … Continue reading

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WHY I LINK HOKKU AND MEDITATIVE PRACTICE

Readers of the previous posting about Zen and hokku, on reading my emphasis on some kind of meditative spiritual practice, may justifiably think, “Well, hokku may have an historical connection with Zen aesthetics, but why does this fellow recommend some … Continue reading

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ZEN AND HOKKU

Hokku is often described as “Zen” verse.  Actually it is the most “Zen” of all verse forms, but what does that mean? “Zen” has several meanings.  Originally it was just the Japanese pronunciation of a word borrowed from China — … Continue reading

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