Monthly Archives: August 2013

DISGUISED AT TWILIGHT: BUSON AND THE TANUKI

Ordinarily, I do not dwell much on specifically Japanese cultural aspects of the hokku, because my primary purpose in talking about hokku here is to teach how to write good new hokku in English, and in a non-Japanese environment. ┬áBut … Continue reading

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FREQUENTED BY A LUNATIC: CHARLOTTE SMITH’S SONNET LXX

I could say that I chose today’s poem by Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806) because it exemplifies the tendency of Western poetry to “muse” on a subject rather than to just present it as an event without added commentary. ┬áThe truth, … Continue reading

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THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR: SUMMER’S END

Every year I like to post this article again, with slight variation, to mark that time when one senses the change in the air that marks the beginning of summer’s wane into autumn. It is a time when one palpably … Continue reading

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THE TIME OF HARVEST IN THE HOKKU YEAR

In our busy modern world, particularly if we live in a heavily urbanized area, it is good to pause from time to time and reflect on where we are in the Wheel of the Year — the cycle of the … Continue reading

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FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, AND THE DAILY NEWS

OUTWITTED He drew a circle that shut me out — Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in! Edwin Markham (1852-1940) As regular readers here … Continue reading

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