Monthly Archives: May 2012

THE STRANGE TALE OF HOW AN EXCELLENT REVIEW BECAME A SCATHING REVIEW

Some of you, in looking about on the Internet,  may have come across search topic headings like these: MH Book Review—David Coomler‘s HOKKU – Welcome to ModernHaiku http://www.modernhaiku.org/bookreviews/coomler2003.html Hokku: Writing Traditional Haiku in English: The Gift to be Simple, by David Coomler(Springfield, Ill … Review … Continue reading

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PLACE NAMES AND PINE NEEDLES: OLD AND MODERN HOKKU

Yesterday I mentioned the problem of allusion in old Japanese hokku, and how if one does not know or understand the allusion, one cannot understand such a verse at all. There is also — in old hokku — the additional … Continue reading

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THE SCENT OF — WELL, ACTUALLY THE JAPANESE APRICOT

Here are a few spring hokku by Bashō. I have divided all but the last into three parts:  First, the romanized Japanese and a rather literal translation; second, a “formal” translation of the original; third, a rewritten “American” version. (M)ume … Continue reading

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