Wind in the Pages: Haiku

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wind in the pages: haiku, Jan 1, 2008 - Poetry - 408 pages
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implicit... succinct... pithy... to-the-point though elegantly indirect... curiously multi-layered, like life, they invite ambiguity... suggest the narrative and intuit truth...they are haiku!There are 371 of these gemlike "offerings"; each shining in a shadowy stir-of-silences. Given ample space (one page/one haiku), every "poem" is a pebble casually tossed into a still-pond of the reader's memory... embrace the event as a personal pronouncement, and you are instantly plop't-in and swoop't-up... refreshingly freed to follow, and fully consider, wherever the ripples might carry!They aren't sectioned-off into seasonal groupings nor partitioned into elements-of-kind, such as metals or stone or wood or fire etc. Unadorned; unpretentious; quietly presented, these small "subtle epiphanies" are weightless and seem to come and go from out of nowhere.Unsuspectingly soothing (or even "healing") as if by magic, though more by nature, each "now-moment" will inexplicably materialize in a sudden "clearburst" of enlightenment and understanding... and, once the "touch" is felt, just as mysteriously wink-out or softly fade and disappear... all in a sort of musical ebb-and-flow of emotional rhythms.Read this book at a single sitting or try a lifetime of picking indiscriminately-at-random, among the sundry bits-and-pieces leisurely resting at-large throughout. These little snippets-of-clarity are life-songs evocatively calling to be heard (and/or sung...again). Reconnect with the lost haunting refrains of your own "circus-hypnotica" and "trivia-mystique". Visit and revisit any one of these surprisingly familiar and enigmatically commonplace experiences... always gently inviting an old discovery to open into some new exploration. Awaken to a sweet absorbing allure of something unexpectedly authentic. Breathe. - haiku notes (life-songs) - "Haiku slips beneath our immediate consciousness and plants a moment of fidelity and perpetual agreement?Ǫ with an eternal integral truth about something quite ordinary, they tender, through delicacy and nuance, an extraordinarily unanimous harmony with everything. Haiku [and senryu] are miniature poems that give expression in simple language to fleeting moments of heightened awareness. They suggest rather than narrate. They can appear fragile, but are in fact substantially robust and resilient. They may seem elusive, yet there is an ever-present constant: an irrepressible hint-of-something-other which remains doggedly attentive, quietly subtle, and infinitely far-ranging....meditative-nuance... It seems haiku as a poetic-composition is better considered a visual art than a verbal one. Profound-in-essence; intuitive by proxy or inference; direct, brief, bare and blunt these are (or should be) benchmarks for every haiku: more literal than literary; sensuous and visceral as opposed to intellectual and academic?Ǫtouch first, think later. Haiku is a simple clear-eyed compositional meditative state, and a way of life which needs no distracting bejeweled finger pointing to the moon, in order to better see the moon (to borrow and twist a famous metaphor.) Inspiration is everywhere; always available; totally accessible! A little reach and there it is. If we learn how to look we may see?Ǫ if how to see?Ǫ we become visionary?Ǫ if we are visionaries?Ǫ well?Ǫ so forth and so on that which is ... is enough ... focus wide ... be aware" - -brett brady"Haiku show us what we knew all the time, but did not know we knew; it shows us that we are poets in so far as we live at all" -r.h. blyth
  

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Contents

a red sun
73
from the forest
86
the meerschaum
96
a black sea
109
only eggshells
122
garden wedding
135
rainbreak
145
prairie winds
158
lakemist
243
road crew
256
stroke after stroke
269
the trickle
282
at her eulogy
292
her open palm
305
in the naupaka
318
summer heat
331

long shadows
171
fearless
194
after midnight
207
moonrise
220
for a year
233
after the quake
341
one chirp
354
grey dawn
368
afterword
381
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