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The first fireflies

For Kim’s prompt over at Real Toads, Bugs and Insects. I love it!

shizukasa ya
iwa ni shimi-iru
semi no koe

it is so still— 197 more words

General Poetry

Put not your trust in me, o traveller

Similar in theme to ‘I’ll pull down your fences’ from the previous year, this 1991 poem was inspired by a reading of Basho (The Narrow Road to the Deep North in a Penguin edition). 37 more words

My Thieving Ways

We sleep to peepers’ songs with the windows open, waking in the cool mornings.

The days are so long and light-filled that we’re out late, sometimes with gardening projects, sometimes kicking a soccer ball or just wandering around. 95 more words

Fusion haiku featuring Basho

In his ‘fusion’ or ‘crossroads’ haiku challenges Chevrefeuille takes two haiku and invites us to create a new one inspired by both.  His Heeding Haiku prompt… 97 more words


Temple Bells and Butterflies

carried on a breeze
temple bells and butterflies
petals between graves

carried on a breeze
the scent of graveyard flowers
spattered by spring rain

temple bells and butterflies… 106 more words


The Good Fortune to Publish Translations -- Stone Bridge Publisher Peter Goodman

May GLLI Blog Series:  Japan in Translation, No. 16

I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve been pitched a literary translation with the line: “The author is a best-seller in Japan.” If you know anything about Americans, you know that that argument is a non-starter. 939 more words


Warriors' Dreams

A wilderness of summer grass
hides all that remains
of warriors’ dreams.
Matsuo Bashō

all that remains of warriors’ dreams

Setting out on foot in the spring of 1689 from Edo with his disciple Kawai Sora, Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694) traveled some 1,500 miles, for 5 months in the north of Japan.

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