Monthly Archives: May 2013

A TIME OF GHOSTS: AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORMAT

Dear readers, I am happy to report that those of you who have been waiting to read my book A Time of Ghosts will, as of today, now be able to read it quite inexpensively, and in most any standard … Continue reading

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SOMETIMES SPEECH, SOMETIMES SILENCE….

Sometimes it is better just to be quiet: The more talking and thinking, The farther from the truth. Cutting off all speech, all thought, There is nowhere that you cannot go. (Xinxin Ming, R. H. Blyth translation).  

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THE IMPORTANCE OF HERON LEGS: GRASPING THE ESSENCE OF AN EVENT

Buson wrote a pleasant summer hokku: An evening breeze; The water laps against The heron’s legs. R. H. Blyth made a very pertinent comment on this verse, a remark precisely in keeping the principles of modern hokku: “Buson’s intuitions are … Continue reading

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THE HOT AFTERNOON: IMPROVING HOKKU FOR UNITY AND HARMONY

We are moving (depending on where you are), from spring to summer.  In my region we have already had some very warm days, and so it is a good idea, in my postings about hokku, to now use the “summer” … Continue reading

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HURRAHING IN HARVEST: HOPKINS SEES GOD IN NATURE

One more Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, and then I will move on to something else.  It seems odd to be discussing a poem about autumn, given that it is spring now, but here it is nonetheless. In this poem, we … Continue reading

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CARRION COMFORT: HOPKINS WRESTLES WITH GOD

We have seen in earlier postings how the 19th century British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins suffered from terrible episodes of depression, the worst aspects of which were depicted in his poem I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark. We … Continue reading

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VANISHING AMERICA: THE OGALLALA AQUIFER

Most of you have heard of John Steinbeck’s famous novel The Grapes of Wrath, an account of the terrible days of the Dust Bowl in the United States.  Some of you may know that the transformation of midwestern agricultural fields … Continue reading

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