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ARRANGING A HOKKU: SHIKI’S GATE

I often say that in spite of his reputation as the “founder” of haiku, Shiki really wrote hokku, though he tended toward verses that were like sketches in words.  Perhaps you have come across Blyth’s translation of one of his … Continue reading

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HOKKU PATTERNS: SETTING/SUBJECT/ACTION AND SUBJECT/ACTION

There are many ways of arranging the elements of an experience to make a hokku.  We always think first of the common “Setting/Subject/Action” method, found in hokku such as this slight variant on one by Seibi: (Winter) The flame of … Continue reading

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INTENTION AND TRANSLATION: BASHŌ’S ONE-COLOR WORLD

Bashō wrote an interesting winter hokku that is often found mistranslated.  It is, in Japanese: 冬  枯  れ  や   世は一色に 風の音 Fuyu-gare ya  yo wa hito iro [isshoku] ni   kaze no oto The mistranslation usually comes in the … Continue reading

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AN EARLY WINTER HOKKU

Winter begins; In the withered fields No bird sings. A friend in the Netherlands sent this photo taken by his wife on her walk through the Holterberg region.  She kindly gave her permission for me to use it.  It really … 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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