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Friday, March 15, 2013

14th & 15th Haiku poetry showcase by Alan Summers at Cornell University USA

A month of haiku poems by Alan Summers at Cornell University, Mann Library, USA

Cornell University, Mann Library
Supporting learning and research in the life sciences, agriculture, human ecology and applied social sciences:
Brocken Inaglory :

drifting rain
my hundred autumn rooms
to be alone

Alan Summers
Publication Credit: Mainichi Shimbun (Japan, 2012) Selected by Isamu Hashimoto

Östersund, Sweden. Credit and copyright- Göran Strand

full snow moon
the slowness of shadows
caught in branches

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Ryōan-ji sequence (Presence #47 2012)

Snow Moon:
The full Moon as seen in Japan on Feb. 25, 2013. Credit and copyright- Masashi Ito



these rocks
I too float among clouds
looking for something

white gravel
each day the monks
rake ripples in time

pure pebble sound
I only know what is
and that is enough

silhouettes of bamboo
at the edge of the garden
we swap stories*

our sharp mysteries
the percussion of sand
over rocks**

falling snow moon
the slowness of shadows
caught in branches

* after the classic scenes of Ryōan-ji in Yasujirō Ozu’s film Late Spring,1949
** after John Cage

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Presence #47 (2012)
n.b. The full snow moon haiku at Cornell University's showcase is an edited version to the one that appeared in the sequence.
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