Monthly Archives: October 2016

HALLOWEEN

Well, tonight being HALLOWEEN — Samhain — the ancient beginning of winter, I have my pumpkin carved, lit, and ready to ward off any evil spirits or wicked witches that may be abroad tonight: Somehow its face reminds me of … Continue reading

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EXPRESSING AUTUMN: TWO HOKKU BY CHARLES TUSKEY

Today I would like to share two verses by the long-time writer of hokku, Charles Tuskey.  They are very expressive of autumn: All day, It is twilight; Autumn rain.    The wild geese; Sounding far off, they come — Sounding … Continue reading

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MY “SCHOOL” OF HOKKU: MOUNTAIN WATER

What do those Chinese characters mean? Though I do not mention it often, some of you may know that I call my “school” of hokku writing (the kind of hokku I teach and advocate) the “Mountain Water” school.  And that … Continue reading

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CHORA’S RISING MOON

A hokku by Chora: (Autumn) A windstorm; Rising from the grasses — Tonight’s moon. We could also present it like this: Rising From the windblown grasses — Tonight’s moon. Notice what a strong sensory impression is made by this hokku:  … Continue reading

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SAFFLOWER DEW

In traditional hokku, dew was a subject for autumn.  The female writer Chiyo-ni wrote: (Autumn) Spilt, It is only water; Safflower dew. It looks one way when on the colorful safflower blossom with its “cosmetic” reputation, but when it spills … Continue reading

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