Audio haiku with stones

モノケイロケモノ展 MONOKEIROKEMONO, a multi-media 3-man exhibition evoking the spirit of things, opened at the Tokyo Gallery in Ginza yesterday. Hailstone Stephen is contributing audio haiku with ‘live stones’ (生け石). The other two artists are Takahiro Kondo (ceramic/glass) and Hiroshi Onishi (computer images). Nobuyuki and Shigeko Yuasa came to the opening on Jan. 15 , at which Stephen read haiku and a haibun piece about stones. The exhibition is free, and open 11-7  (11-5 Sat.) through Feb. 12. Closed on Suns., Mons. and Feb. 11. Two of the audio haiku to be heard in the gallery are:

石に詩を題して過ぐる枯野かな (蕪村)

Composing a poem / about a stone, / then walking on / across the winter moor  (Buson)

大岩双つ8の字にめぐれば遠雷 (ティートー)

Walking a figure of eight / around two boulders – / distant thunder  (Tito)

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4 Responses to “Audio haiku with stones”

  1. david mccullough Says:

    stone me!

  2. A lucky stone, I am!
    I’m going to Tokyo on the 28th with one night stay.
    Looking forward to the exhibition.

  3. Richard Donovan Says:

    Would very much like to have attended.

    Tito, regarding your haiku — I like how the Japanese version is bookended by kanji of natural phenomena (boulders and thunder), like two awesome, numinous pillars, and I think it would be interesting to adjust the English syntax to reflect this, as it places the mutable, whimsical human action in their immutable, implacable midst:

    around two boulders / walking a figure of eight — / distant thunder

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