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Spring departing
Birds cry
tears in the eyes of fish
– Basho




Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows,
by itself.

–Matsuo Bashō


On the road again: contexts for a haiku by Basho

Early in Basho’s Journal of Bleached Bones in a Field (trans. David Landis Barnhill), we find this haiku:

roadside rose

of sharon: devoured

by my horse… 511 more words



The morning glories

bloom, securing the gate

in the old fence

~ Basho

Thought Of The Day

1st Class-Haiku Contest

This spring I’m teaching a course on Matsuo Bashō‘s 松尾芭蕉 epic journey-turned-book Oku no hosomichi 奥の細道, or as it is sometimes translated, “The Narrow Road to Oku.” As part of the class I teach  320 more words


Dianoia by Michael Heller (Nightboat Books)

The Scottish philosopher Sir William Hamilton proposed the term dianoiology for that portion of logic which deals with dianoetic processes of the mind: the thinking through of ideas. 851 more words