Monthly Archives: September 2010

THE IMPORTANCE OF SEASON IN HOKKU

Here I have strung together some information on season in hokku, as well as a bit on the role of Yin and Yang: The outer form of hokku is quickly described; the content of hokku takes more time, because it … Continue reading

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WORKING WITH PATTERNS

In studying contemplative hokku, a very good way to begin learning is by using patterns. Patterns are hokku “frameworks” that we can use for writing countless new hokku.  By using them we learn the feel of the hokku form, and … Continue reading

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FALLING WILLOW LEAVES

People seem to prefer reading this site, so I am shelving the alternate Hokku Inn site for now, and will move the postings from that site here, so they will still be accessible.  Here is the first of those: In … Continue reading

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HOKKU IS NOT “WRITING POETRY”

I have written previously about this statement by R. H. Blyth on hokku.  He tells us that a hokku “…is the result of the wish, the effort, not to speak, not to write poetry, not to obscure further the truth … Continue reading

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A BIT ABOUT MOONS

I recently posted information about the hokku calendar.  If nothing else from it sticks in your mind, remember these two things: 1.  Autumn /fall and winter are the two yin seasons; spring and summer are the two yang seasons.  In … Continue reading

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HOKKU NO ES HAIKU, Y VICEVERSA

Thanks to the kindness and cleverness of a reader named Giovanni Jara, here is a Spanish translation of a couple of my postings on the important differences between hokku and modern haiku.  They recently appeared in a Spanish online magazine, … Continue reading

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IT’S STILL THE SAME OLD STORY

Yesterday I discussed three “Western” calendar systems relevant to hokku — the traditional calendar, the meteorological calendar, and the “natural” calendar.  The first is astronomical, and depends on the relationship between the sun and the earth; the second shows us … Continue reading

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