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Saturday, May 17, 2014

A selection of haiku, by Alan Summers, published by Asahi Shimbun, Japan, between 2010 and 2013


The Asahi Shimbun literally Morning Sun Newspaper, is one of the five national newspapers in Japan. Its circulation, which was 7.96 million for its morning edition and 3.1 million for its evening edition as of June 2010, was second behind that of Yomiuri Shimbun.

Monet's Haystacks At Chailly 1865

Monet's Haystacks
a group of crows tug
at twilight

rook chatter
tracking each snowflake
to the end

first quarter moon
dancing pinheads burst
into new angel DNA

Also published in Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)

river festival  
just a birdsong afternoon  
and talk of hedgehogs

Fraser Island
the pre-sunset whine
of mosquitoes

Upolu Cay
my own skeletons

About Michaelmas and Upolu

green clouds
the scarecrow worries
a loose thread

Maple moon
Grandmother’s recipe
settles in the pan

This was also published by the Hailstone Haiku Group, Japan

Early morning rain
the sound between
the sound

Night clouds
a spider shows me
the harvest moon

Cloud kigo
a light rain patters across
your nightingale floors

"In search of the ultimate season word to associate with clouds, Alan Summers observes how “rain writes its own story across floorboards that sing like a bird. I like the idea of the cloud kigo. Readers will too. It is always my pleasure to work with you on haiku.”  David McMurray, Asahi Shimbun

David McMurray has been writing the Asahi Haikuist Network column since April 1995, first for the Asahi Evening News. He is also the editor of OUTREACH, a bi-monthly column featuring international teachers in The Language Teacher of the Japan Association for Language Teacher (JALT).

He is professor of intercultural studies at The International University of Kagoshima where he lectures on international haiku. At the Graduate School he supervises students who research haiku. He is a correspondent school teacher of Haiku in English for the Asahi Culture Center in Tokyo.

Call of the Page runs popular online courses in haiku, tanka and other related poetry.
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