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Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Caught in the act!


looking up
above the seat in front
a child’s eyes



sunlight breaks
on a bird
and its portion of the roof

hi   wa   torini   yane   no   ibasho   ni   sosogi   keri

Trans. Hiromi Inoue
Ehime Prefecture, Japan

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

sunlit


down side streets -
seagulls turning the sky
in and out

The New Haiku Snapshot Press ISBN 1-903543-03-7
Presence #10 (haiku magazine) 1999

Oppo} sunlit overlooking Park Street room

dusty lens


city café garden
a robin pecks the joints
between bricks

Oppo} has a nice little courtyard too!

Sunday, April 16, 2006


down the sidewalk
an old vagrant
with daisies in his mouth

Hobo #21
NSW, Australia 1999

bend in the road


low over the hill
a red moon waxes ...
the empty road ahead

"Moonlighting"
Intimations Pamphlet Series
British Haiku Society Profile 1996

Azami 1997 Special Spring/Summer Edition
Osaka, Japan publication, Issue Editor: Alan Summers

sundog haiku journal: an australian year
sunfast press 1997 reprinted 1998
California State Library - Main Catalog Call Number : HAIKU S852su 1997

Friday, April 14, 2006

haiku poetry residency in Bristol


partial eclipse
the sky darkens then lightens
my cappuccino



I'm the Oppo} Cafe Poet in Residence and you can catch me
Thursdays & Fridays 1-2pm

Ask me about haiku & let me see any haiku you’ve written
"in a friendly haiku coffee break"
If you can stay longer, the next 5 minutes is free.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

water & rocks


three white-faced heron
turn
to be lost to blue

Matsuyama sunset


white sails ...
a wind has also shaped
the tree

Mainichi Shimbun haiku column, Japan
June 2005

Monday, April 10, 2006

Saturday, April 08, 2006


inter-city train journey -
a rattling window top
shuts itself

Tinywords.com 2004
Tinywords website

Presence #15 (haiku journal) September 2001
Presence haiku journal website

Monday, April 03, 2006

Basho's Summer Grasses



I found this hanging up on a wall in a Japanese cafe:

The summer grass -
'Tis all that's left
Of ancient warriors' dreams.

Inazo Nitobe

No mention of Basho as the author of the original Japanese poem on the poster, or that this is a translation.

When I Googled, I found that Inazo Nitobe, the famous Bushido author, did translate this, and the poster simply leaves off Basho's name as the original author.

Cache:
Daily Yomiuri, Early summer rain falls, temple of light shine

Japanese Reference Site:
Summer Grasses & Samurai Glossary


I visited the area where Basho wrote about in his Summer Grasses haiku, but alas there was no marker to the famous haiku & battle.

夏草や兵どもが夢の跡

Summer grasses,
All that remains
Of soldiers’ dreams

ON LOVE AND BARLEY, HAIKU OF BASHO Matsuo Basho - Author, Lucien Stryk - Translator

The romanised version (romaji):

Natsukusa ya
Tsuwamonodomo ga
Yume no ato

Transliteration:

natsu-gusa ya / tsuwamono-domo-ga / yume no ato

summer grasses (:!) / strong ones’ / dreams’ site 

(romanised version with literal English-language translation)


these summer grasses: 
the remains of warriors 
with their dreams

(English-language translation version by Alan Summers)

Basho http://www.uoregon.edu/~kohl/basho/life.html 



Another Summer grasses haiku, and powerful in its context of the dawning of the industrial age in Japan is:

summer grasses—
the wheels of the locomotive
come to a stop

YAMAGUCHI Seishi (1901 - 1994)
translated by Takashi Kodaira and Alfred H. Marks

The Essence of Modern Haiku - haiku by Yamaguchi Seishi

A Sample Page of The Essence of Modern Haiku including notes plus Japanese characters and romaji


half-empty café
she touches again
the cellophaned flowers

Sunday, April 02, 2006

This way to the cat


through binoculars
the gleam of sunlight
a greenfinch’s beak

down side streets -
seagulls turning the sky
in and out

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Japanese street band, with Deborah Russell, American haiku poet joins me, and Visjna McMaster plus refrains from my air guitar!





boom bass-
in out of workmen’s hammers
lesser celedines







These guys were just jamming outside a Japanese shopping centre one night; they didn't play for money, just for the craic.

Deborah Russell, American haiku poet joins me, with refrains from my air guitar!

Visjna McMaster (Croatia) took the photograph.

frogs, the sign of Spring!


saigyo's willow -
the sound of purple
within a frog

her black hair
catching sunlight
on his shoulder