Archive for Cirku

Hong Kong Black

Posted in Cirku, Haipho with tags on August 10, 2019 by Tito

 

 

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A cirku is a haiku laid out in the form of a circle (to be read clockwise). It should work as a poem from whichever of the three line-spaces you start.

Thus, (reading from the :00 position) ‘long before dawn / a pack of stray dogs / baying me on my way’, or (from the :17 position) ‘a pack of stray dogs / baying me on my way / long before dawn’, or again (from the :38 position) ‘baying me on my way / long before dawn / a pack of stray dogs’: each works. Whichever image comes last is emphasized.

The haiku was written 12 years ago as I night-climbed Lantau Peak (Fung Wong Shan), Hong Kong. The pack of stray dogs was scary, for I was alone, but I made myself think that they were actually cheering me on! I reached the summit (934m) as dawn broke over the South China Sea and took the photo there.

 

At Jingoji

Posted in Autumn, Cirku, Haipho with tags , , on December 3, 2010 by Tito

A Cirku for Fujiwara Teika

Posted in Autumn, Cirku, Haipho with tags , on September 20, 2010 by Tito

Click on the photo to better read the poem!

This small wooden statue of the C13th compiler of Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, ‘One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each’, Japan’s best-known collection of classical tanka, is housed in a tiny wooden pavilion, the Kasenshi, within the precincts of Jojakkoji Temple in Saga, Kyoto. It is seldom unlocked. See poem no. 3 in our new collection, ‘One Hundred Poets on Mount Ogura, One Poem Each’ for a haiku about its unlocking!

Praying for no clouds, I look forward to the Hailstone kukai + moon-viewing this Thursday…

Cirku from the South Island

Posted in Autumn, Cirku, Haipho with tags , on November 14, 2009 by Tito

cirku - in the middle of autumn nowhere

This cirku was composed (Wainakarua, 17.4.06) close to where my great grandfather settled in New Zealand. I had never been there before. The NZ autumn is our northern hemisphere spring. You can begin the poem at any line and read around the circle. (in the middle of autumn nowhere / donkeys greet me / like a long-lost friend)

Woodland birdsong

Posted in Cirku, Haipho, Spring with tags , on May 21, 2008 by Tito

(Kankakei-Hoshigajo forest, Shodoshima, 6.5.08)

click on the photo to read the cirku more easily

What’s a cirku?

Posted in Cirku, Haipho, Summer with tags , on March 16, 2008 by Tito
A cirku is a haiku presented in a circular form, with gaps indicating lineation. You read the poem clockwise, usually beginning at about the one o’clock position. The reader is free, however, to start on any ‘line’. A true cirku will work, irrespective of which gap you begin reading it from. It is not easy to compose a good one! The example below was written in 2006 at Grassington, not far from where I was born. The Yorkshire Dales are the rolling grassy remnants of glaciated valleys. The town is in Upper Wharfedale and has a pretty, cobbled market square at its heart. That day, a Caribbean steel band was playing there. ‘cowpats’ are 牛のふん
Presenting a haiku with a complementary photo has been called both shahai and haisha (from shashin, the Japanese for ‘photo’), but I prefer the term haipho.
Click on the photo to read the cirku and enlarge!
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