Monthly Archives: January 2012

HOKKU: THE APPLE AND THE PULP

As I never cease repeating here, it is extremely important not to confuse hokku and haiku.  People in the modern haiku community like to say that haiku is just the “new name” for hokku.  I consider that quite mistaken. If, … Continue reading

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ELEGY TO AN ATHLETE DYING YOUNG

Today I want to talk again about a poem by one of my favorite writers, Alfred Edward Housman.  He was, you may recall, a classicist — a professor of Greek and particularly of Latin, and in his poems we often … Continue reading

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LOCALIZING POETRY: THE WESTRON WYNDE

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THE TRADITIONAL HOKKU CALENDAR WEST AND EAST

      As I have written before, in hokku we make use of two calendars: First, there is the “natural” calendar, which varies depending on where one lives.  For example, in my state spring comes earlier in the lowlands … Continue reading

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FAILURE OF TRANSMISSION

I do not have a high opinion of Wikipedia.  In my view, the entries there are often controlled by special interest groups or cliques that skew the information to fit their pet notions.  That, of course, distorts the information for … Continue reading

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HA-HA!: A QUICK LOOK AT SENRYU

Every now and then I like to mention hokku’s “evil twin,” senryu. Unlike hokku, senryu does not express a particular season.  Nor does it express Nature and the place of humans within and as a part of Nature.  Instead, senryu … Continue reading

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DAY DARKENS; FORGETTING THE WORDS

Gyōdai wrote: Day darkens; Again the snow Begins to fall. One familiar with conventional Western poetry is likely to ask, “What does it mean?”  That is a question inappropriate for hokku.  Archibald MacLeish once wrote in his Ars Poetica (“The … Continue reading

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