Monthly Archives: July 2010

ANDREW MARVELL

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LISTENING TO R. H. BLYTH

It is always disappointing to see how the creators of modern haiku trivialize, dismiss, or ignore the writings of the very person from whom they could have learned the most, were they not so self-willed and self-absorbed — R. H. … Continue reading

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THE HEAT!

R. H. Blyth remarks that “only in Japan can we find hundreds of ‘poems’ written on the subject of heat.”  That he puts “poems” in quotes is significant, and indicates — as I always tell students — that we should … Continue reading

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IS HOKKU DIFFICULT?

Is hokku difficult?  The simple answer is no. The only difficulty in hokku comes from what we add to it from our own minds.  Really, a hokku is just a meaningful experience of the senses expressed in the context of … Continue reading

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I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU

I am going to take a short time off from posting here — just a few days, not long.  If you read this site and enjoy it, I hope you will take the opportunity of this brief intermission to send … Continue reading

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THE ONE-FOOT WATERFALL

Issa wrote: The one-foot waterfall Also makes sounds; The evening cool. This is Issa’s version of “The morning glory that lives but a day differs not at heart from the giant pine that lives for a thousand years.”  A one-foot … Continue reading

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SEEN IN THE SHALLOWS

Onitsura wrote this summer hokku: Evening; The bellies of trout seen In the shallows. This is a “standard” hokku, meaning it has setting, subject, and action.  The setting is the evening; the subject is the bellies of the trout; the … Continue reading

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