My continuance of ‘Bashō worship’

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It has been a few months since I have been active on my blog, and for that, I apologize. During these past few hectic months, though, I still made the time to indulge in Haiku. I even found some time, mainly while lying in bed, to finish reading a wonderful book which I recommend to anyone interested in Haiku, generally, and Matsuo Bashō, specifically: “Basho: the Complete Haiku” by Jane Reichhold.

Reichhold, an accomplished and informed English-language Haiku poet, as well as a fluent Japanese speaker, personally translated the entirety of Bashō’s poems. This book is well worth the read, even if you already have a Bashō collection. It has reinvigorated me on my walk along the Haiku no michi. More posts to come: new year, fresh start.

I’m a purist, not an elitist

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To those of you who enjoy my blog, who have ever pressed the ‘like’ button on a post, and/or follow my blog: Thank you. Haiku has quickly become a life-passion for me. After reading “The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa” by former Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Hass, not long ago, I was hooked on haiku. Before reading Hass’ book, which I actually picked up on a whim at a local second-hand store for $1, I never thought much about haiku. To me, it was a distant memory of elementary school, an ambiguous three-lined poem that I had practically forgotten. Things have certainly changed for me since reading that book, which I recommend. Learning about the history of haiku, it’s greatest masters, and the culture from which it all sprung is such a rewarding experience for me. As of the date of this writing, I am currently reading the 25th edition of The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson and Penny Harter. It’s a wonderful read fraught with so much useful information. I highly recommend it to anyone seriously studying haiku.  

 Haiku is both a mental game and way of relaxation, for me, as well as a way to appreciate the natural world, express creativity, and honor the old masters by committing myself to their path: the Haiku no michi. With that, I’d like to say that I’m a purist and not an elitist. I love the poems of Matsuo Basho and so I wish to emulate his style by keeping within the traditions and boundaries that he, himself, was accustomed to.

Since immersing myself in everything haiku, I have come to discover that there exist many different schools of thought on the subject. Traditional and modern and everything in between. Most of which I have posted about on my blog is the traditional way, as it is my personal preference. Although my aim is to be a haiku purist, I do not discourage anyone who does things differently. I encourage others to pick up on writing haiku, no matter how they choose to do so. My very purpose for creating this blog was to create a resource for haiku enthusiasts to use. I hope it has been of both interest and help. Feel free to ask questions or request a subject to be addressed.

Thank you again, everyone. Keep calm and Haiku.