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Amsterdam: Kill, Kill, Kill

It’s not raining or cold.  What winter is this?  A storm broke the gate and swatted my flimsy shed, but the wind was a warm slap not an ice fist.  1,414 more words


Shepherd's purse

yoku mireba     nazuna hana saku     kakine kana

looking carefully

a shepherd’s purse is blooming

under the fence


Art by Kubo Shumman, “Gathering spring flowers” 1800



already sad
now make me lonely too
moutain cuckoo

uki ware o / sabishigara seyo / kankodori

Jane Reichhold, Basho the complete haiku

5 Things I Love About Basho’s Wicked Sense of Zen

Japanese poet and diarist Matsuo Kinsaku (famous as Basho) is known for reviving a somewhat dying form of literature – the haiku. But he also lived an interesting Zen life that stretches beyond his gift in creating seventeen-syllable masterpieces. 425 more words


Kakimori Bunko

The exhibition Wordsworth and Basho : Walking Poets was shown at Kakimori Bunko, Osaka, Japan last autumn.

I contributed a sequence of seven short poems, taking as my starting point… 98 more words

Visual Arts

Sound of Water

Furu ike ya                                                                                                                                                             kawazu tobikomu                                                                                                                                                   mizu no oto

Ancient pond;                                                                                                                                                                 in jumps a frog –                                                                                                                                                       sound of water

Basho – Japanese Poet


The pond returns to silence at St. 243 more words


Longing for Kyoto

Kyo nite mo   kyo natsukashi ya   hototogisu

even in Kyoto

when I hear the cuckoo

I long for Kyoto


Art by Katsushika Hokusai Cuckoo and Azaleas (1844,woodblock)