Monthly Archives: July 2015

HARVEST HOME: THE END OF SUMMER, THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN

In less than a week, July ends and August begins.  In the Hokku Calendar, summer ends with the last day of July, and the first of August is Harvest Home, as it was commonly called, or in older speech, Lammas, … Continue reading

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GREAT HEAT: SUMMER’S MAXIMUM

A hokku by Chinshi: (Summer) The snail moves round To the underside of the leaf; The heat! If you reach back in your memory to previous postings about the Hokku Calendar — the Hokku Year — you may recall that … Continue reading

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MEETING THE GOD: BUSON’S SUMMER GROVE

There is a hokku by Buson that may easily be misunderstood.  R. H. Blyth presents it as (Summer) Not a leaf stirring: How awesome The summer grove! The problem is the word rendered as “awesome.” We might think it means … Continue reading

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HOT THINGS: THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXT

I often emphasize the importance, in writing hokku, of seeing something in a new way.  It is not that we constantly have to look for quite new subjects; it is just that when we see an ordinary thing in a … Continue reading

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HEAT ON HEAT: A KNOCK AT THE DOOR

Here is a “westernized” variation on a hokku by Yayū that borders on senryu: (Summer) Hurriedly dressing At a knock on the door; The heat! It is a very hot day, and the writer has been lying around nearly naked … Continue reading

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HAIR AND HEAT: SONO-JO’S CHILD

The unseasonably hot days continue here.  It brings to mind a hokku by Sono-jo, a female writer. As you know, summer and winter are the two “extreme” seasons; summer for its heat, winter for its cold.  Consequently it is effective … Continue reading

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