Archive for June, 2014

Daily Yearning

Posted in Haipho, Summer on June 16, 2014 by Tito

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Rain clouds

Rice seedlings, white birds—

I read your news.

 

…………… (Kitasaga, Kyoto, 14.6.14)

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Peripatetic

Posted in Book, Haiku, News with tags on June 4, 2014 by Tito

An e-book featuring 18 extremely varied walks in or around Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto has just been launched on Amazon. It is edited by Michael Lambe and Ted Taylor, both of whom contributed sparkling haiku to Hailstone’s most recent anthology, Meltdown.  Although haiku do not feature especially strongly, the two contributions by John Dougill (‘Kamogawa Musing’) and Stephen Henry Gill (‘Blue Sky’) – both haiku poets – inevitably include haibun, haiku, haiqua, waka, etc. Richard Steiner – another Hailstone contributor – supplied a colour illustration of the Daimonji bonfires. The cover picture is by Sarah Brayer.

The idea of the book was to have its contributors stroll through a neighbourhood they knew well, showing readers/visitors something of the multi-layered fascination of living in Kyoto, but to do it in a personal, even offbeat way. One piece in fact describes a protest march; at least two others are hikes. Not all are foreign residents, but the majority are. The book is in English and contains helpful photos and maps. It’s not all about temples and gardens, though: chained dogs, homeless people and convenience stores are also introduced! Michael explains in his Foreword, “Walking will expand your limited ideas of self to embrace your local community. Walking will help you to slow down and enjoy this moment now, wherever you happen to be”.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KFM2J0C/

It costs just $7.97 to download. Snap it up now and enjoy reading it on your Kindle/i-Phone/desk-top or whatever! Take the book with you one day and try out one of the suggested walks for yourself. Has it changed at all? How far will you get, I wonder, before you diverge into your very own ‘Kyoto Walk’?

Two of the haiku you will find therein (the ‘high’ and the ‘low’ of it):

…….. Ascending, soaring
…….. Beyond the blue horizon
…….. The lone hawk.
…….……..…………... (John Dougill)

….…….……..……...…. Emerald river –
..…….……..……...…… By a toe-sized tadpole
….…….……..……...…. Bathing my aching feet.
…….…….……..……...………………………... (Tito)

from the Icebox inbox – 32

Posted in Haiku, Submissions, Winter on June 1, 2014 by Gerald

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in the length of a breath shooting star

. Martin G. Cohen

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No bird in sight –
On the snow drifted balcony
Proof of their passing
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Its shrouds removed
the fountain stands ornate
When will water flow?

. Jane Wieman

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shelling peas sun fills the colander on grandma’s step

. Nicole Hague

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ikebana –
hands weave
the silence

. Theresa Cancro

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Winter morning, butterfly
Frozen on a leaf

. Payal Aggarwal