Monthly Archives: August 2010

MY NEW BOOK: A TIME OF GHOSTS

For those of you who may wish to know, my latest book is now available (see update below).  It is the remarkable story of a long-time friend of mine who was born to a wealthy and powerful family in China … Continue reading

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HOKKU IS NOT HAIKU, AND VICE-VERSA

From time to time I like to remind people why I use historically-accurate terminology here, instead of the inaccurate, anachronistic, and very misleading and confusing term “haiku.”  Bashō called what he wrote hokku, as a part of his practice of … Continue reading

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THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

I like to repeat this posting each year at this time: In her bittersweet children’s book Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt writes: “The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like … Continue reading

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SNAILS, LOCKS, AND BRUSHWOOD GATES

In Japan, Issa’s hokku have always been remarkably popular.  And they are popular in the West as well — at least the better known verses, among which one finds this: The brushwood gate; Instead of a lock, A snail. But … Continue reading

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