Monthly Archives: August 2012

WITHOUT NATURE IN BALANCE THERE IS NO HOKKU (OR PEOPLE)

I do not like to talk about politics here unless they affect the environment or free speech or freedom of and from religion.  But I listened to the Romney speech last night and was appalled to hear no mention of concern … Continue reading

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THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR: SUMMER’S END

Today there seems a great pause in the air, a quiet sense that we have come to a change: Summer’s end; Crows stalking about Silently. Every year I like to post this article again to mark that time when one … Continue reading

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BIG ANT, BIG HEAT: INTERNAL REFLECTION IN HOKKU

If one does not have an understanding of the basic principles of hokku, it is often difficult to appreciate a verse because one simply does not “get” it.  This was a major factor in the rise of modern haiku in … Continue reading

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ABSENCE AND PRESENCE AND SUMMER HEAT

The windbell silent; The heat Of the clock. This summer hokku by Yayū is somewhat unusual, first because it includes a clock.  We already know that “modern technology” is not a part of hokku, and if we allow ourselves to … Continue reading

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