Archive for December, 2013

At the end of the year

Posted in Haipho, New Year, Winter with tags on December 31, 2013 by Mayumi Kawaharada

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Connecting one and all—

Winter rainbow

MELTDOWN launched

Posted in Event report, News with tags , on December 28, 2013 by Tito


Hailstone Haiku Circle’s latest anthology, Meltdown, containing exactly 500 poems, mostly haiku, was launched on a cold, wet evening (Dec. 26th) at the Umenohana Restaurant in Senri-Chuo, Osaka. 18 attended. Hosts: Akito Mori & Mizuho Shibuya. Editor, Stephen H. Gill, and woodprint cover illustrator, Richard Steiner, were guests on the occasion.  The title alludes to the 2011 Tohoku-Fukushima Disaster, and the book opens with haiku on that theme, all lightly brushed but telling. The book contains much else besides – humour, wonder, warmth …
As with our 2005 book, Enhaiklopedia, haiku are grouped into topic sections (e.g. WAR, VOLCANO, STUMP, SPORT, METEOR, LAKE, KISS, JEWEL, HYDRANGEA, HUDDLE, FUTURE, FOG, COMPLAINT, BUDDHA, BOAT) beginning with Z and ending with A. In an attempt to evoke some of the ‘back to the future’ feel of the Japan of today, the book reads back to front, in traditional Japanese fashion (the picture shows the front cover). It is a bold experiment which, it is hoped, works well.
Details of ordering for non-contributors (both in Japan and abroad) are given on the Icebox Publications page (link listed at top right).
IMG_1981a-110 topic sections.  
74 contributors: 37 men, 37 women; of these 44 are Japanese and 30 are foreigners (US11, UK8, Ire3, NZ2, Oz2, Can2, Isr1, Ser1).
500 poems: 2 one-line haiku, 14 two-line haiku, 4 cirku, 386 three-line haiku, 75 haiqua, 8 tanka, 3 scroll poems, 4 renku.
228 pages. Dimensions: 19 x 13 cm.  Covers feature a tactile matt paper finish.

Price: ¥1,500 or US$ 15 + p&p

To look at long and hard …

Posted in Haipho, Submissions, Winter on December 15, 2013 by Tito

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by John Parsons

Fire and Ice

Posted in Poem on December 2, 2013 by david mccullough


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
 From what I’ve tasted of desire
… I hold with those who favor fire.
 But if it had to perish twice,
 I think I know enough of hate
 To say that for destruction ice
 Is also great
 And would suffice.

… … …  . … … ... … . Robert Frost