Thursday, March 07, 2013

Seventh Day: Haiku poetry showcase by Alan Summers at Cornell University USA

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

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Toshugu shrine pines
I try to stay as still -
mist and dew


東照宮の 松静か 霧と露


haiku by Alan Summers

Japanese translation: Hidenori Hiruta (Akita, Japan)

Toshugu Shrine:
I visited in 2001 following in the footsteps of Basho.   Toshugu Shrine is the resting place of Togukawa Ieyasu, founder of the Togukawa Shogunate. Basho and Sora visited on the First Day of the Fourth Month (the first day of summer). Mist and dew are kigo for Spring and Autumn, which I use as a metaphor for our beginnings and endings, and our lives inbetween. An allusion is made to Basho’s famous saying about learning from the pine.

























Tablet on torii at Toshogu, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tablet bears the inscription ''Tōsh&#333 Gongen'' (the posthumous name of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Calligraphy by Emperor Go-Mizunoo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NikkoToriiTablet5127.jpg

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How One Writes in the Haiku Moment: Mythos vs. Logos
William M. Ramsey
Roadrunner (Issue IX:2 2009)

http://www.roadrunnerjournal.net/pages92/essay92.htm


Toshugu shrine pines Publications credits:
World Haiku Review, Japan Article - Vending machines and cicadas (March 2003); Hermitage (Romania 2005); Travelogue on World Haiku Festival 2002 Part 1 (Akita International Haiku Network 2010); We Are All Japan (Karakia Press  2012); The In-Between Season (With Words Pamphlet Series 2012)

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