Category Archives: Japanese Poetry

Step Away from the Buddha: brief notes on reading and response, and on salvaging Haiku (and Two Haiku for April 22)

Spring is here, and, with it, a volume of Japanese Death Poems (compiled by Yoel Hoffmann) sent to me by Andrew Griffin. This book sat on my shelf for a few weeks as I gradually overcame my distaste for the … Continue reading

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Night Rain in July

While I was busy the night grew late, the moon slid behind storm clouds—now rain mocks me with these rhythms— how you tapped on my window

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The Cruel Lindens (a July Ghazal of Haiku)

Looking for something to write last night, I figured why not try marrying another two forms? And so I built a ghazal out of haiku. The Cruel Lindens (a July Ghazal of Haiku) Rose petals rust from salt heat you … Continue reading

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After the Moon Comes Up

After the Moon Comes Up I thought to pick the flower of forgetting for myself, but I found it already growing in his heart. —Ono no Komachi, from The Ink Dark Moon translations by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani With … Continue reading

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