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SOLITUDE

Here is a slight variation on a hokku by Issa: (Winter) Solitude; The frost on the window Only deepens it. There is something about the icy cold of winter that really does increase the sense of aloneness.  This verse gives … Continue reading

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BECOMING ONE WITH EMPTINESS: ROBERT FROST’S DESERT PLACES

Today I would like to discuss a “snow” poem by the noted American poet Robert Frost.  To understand the title, we must not mistake “desert” as meaning a hot, dry, sandy place.  Instead, Frost uses it in its old sense, … Continue reading

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WINTER BEGINS: THE SEASON

Winter begins; The hilltop trees Vanish in fog. Yes, according to the Hokku calendar and the old European agricultural calendar, now that we have passed Halloween, winter has begun. It certainly seems like it where I am, because the skies … Continue reading

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BEAUTY AND PAIN: DE LA MARE’S OLD SUMMERHOUSE

Today I would like to talk about a rather fascinating poem by the unique British writer Walter de la Mare. It is a simple poem, and does not require much explanation. Its fascination lies in its atmosphere of that mixture … Continue reading

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HOKKU IN AUTUMN

In hokku it is essential to write in harmony with the season.  The most important quality of autumn is transience — the fact that everything changes, all is impermanent, nothing stays.  Autumn is transience. In autumn hokku, we experience and … Continue reading

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