Archive for the Haiku Category

from the Icebox inbox – 40

Posted in Haiku, Submissions, Summer on September 11, 2017 by Gerald

white butterfly
on a dandelion –
praying hands

Joanna M. Weston
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at the well
between letting the stone go
and splash

D. Fitzgerald
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summer ending
the quiet face of the moon
at sunset

Duro Jaiye
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Crystal Beads

Posted in Haiku, Summer with tags on September 20, 2016 by Mayumi Kawaharada

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Glittering crystal beads
Decorate my body —
Humid afternoon

Beads of sweat
Twinkle on my ears —
Unlooked-for jewels

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from the Icebox inbox – 38

Posted in Haiku, Submissions with tags on June 2, 2016 by Hisashi Miyazaki

new shoes
snow squeaks like
last year’s
………… (Iliyana Stoyanova)

Shallow lake stretches
Between the rec ground goalmouths –
Cotton wool clouds pass.
………… (Kamome)

evening hush
beyond city lights
wires hum
………… (Joyce Joslin Lorenson)

the marina
cluttered with yachts
suddenly a clink!
………… (Diarmuid Fitzgerald)

At the Kakimori Library

Posted in Event report, Haibun, Haiku with tags , , on February 26, 2016 by Tito

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On 11 Feb., 2016, Stephen Henry Gill (aka Tito) gave a talk in Japanese at the Kakimori Library (in Itami, Hyogo) entitled  はいくとはいぶん (Haiku & Haibun, deliberately left in hiragana). There was an audience of 80 people, including many Hailstone poets. 「はいくとはいぶん」② IMG_8554-In order to set the context, he first briefly related the story of haiku’s transmission to the West – from Hendrik Doeff around 1800, through Noguchi, Couchard, Flint and Pound in the early 1900s, right up to the haiku society-based, website-based scene of today. The audience had a sheet of haiku examples in two languages to savour. Along the way, Gill talked about certain haibun (haiku-style prose) introducers and pioneers, including Yuasa, Ueda, Cain and Spiess. The work of poets like Ross, Kacian, Higginson, Cobb and Jones was also alluded to, and two English haibun excerpts (in both languages) were also read.

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There was a talk session afterwards lead by Gill’s fellow Genjuan Haibun Contest judge, Nenten Tsubo’uchi, which attempted to ascertain how truly ‘haiku-style’ the examples of Western haibun provided on the handout really were.  The audience seemed to have been genuinely moved by the way the narrative line and haiku poems were used as mutual counterpoint in the late Ken Jones’ piece, The Spirit Level.

The Kakimori Library holds one of Japan’s gyougamanroku-foremost collections of haiku documents and paintings, including many works by Basho, Onitsura, Buson, Issa, etc.  The current exhibition included the famous sketchbook-diary from Shiki’s last days, Gyouga Manroku.

After viewing the beautiful works in the galleries, some Hailstones called in at the nearest sakagura (sake warehouse) for a drink and meal.

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from the Icebox inbox – 36

Posted in Autumn, Haiku, Summer, Winter on September 6, 2015 by Gerald

frosty evening
I chant for us
walking through forest

________________________Payal Aggarwal

lost in thought
I stray into the way
of butterflies

________________________Grace Galton

crescent moon
snagged by a tree
thoughts that detain me

________________________Anna Cates

light mist
among the wisteria
a hummingbird whirs

_______________________Theresa Cancro

medicine buddha mantra

Posted in Haiku with tags , on July 27, 2015 by Ursula Maierl

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medicine buddha mantra

in the breeze

incense smoke swirls

In the dusk

Posted in Haiku, Summer with tags on June 18, 2015 by Mayumi Kawaharada

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To the sound of a stream––

Fireflies

 

………………………………….. Alighting on my black shirt

……………………………………… A firefly pauses, waits––

…………………………………………. My first gold medal!