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a band of stars . . .

Rick Daddario’s September 14 “30 Days of Haiga”  prompt, “a band of stars,” inspired me to create a haiga from a picture I took of the winter wonderland display of lights at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. Advertisements

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fleur-de-lis . . .

Rick Daddario’s September 7 challenge for his “30 Days of Haiga” is to create a haiga based on “grandmother memories.”  I never had a chance to know my paternal grandmother, who died of complications from appendicitis when she was only 30, … Continue reading

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Haiga days & nights. . .

My friend, the wonderful haiga artist Rick Daddario, is hosting a haiga celebration during the month of September at his art blog 19 planets.  Rick will be providing prompts for each day of the month to inspire others to try … Continue reading

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Birthday countdown . . .

Three more days and counting to my actual birthday celebration, when I’ll be drawing one name out of my hat for a free subscription to Moonbathing.  All you have to do is leave me a comment–or a ku–by July 20th (my birthday, … Continue reading

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Life-doodles (a.k.a. sketches; a.k.a. shasei) . . .

As a self-proclaimed word nerd, I take pleasure in playing word games.  And, as a haiku word nerd, there are plenty of opportunities for doing just that.  In addition to dropping in on my friend Rick Daddario’s 19 planets website … Continue reading

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Homage: Frog-age . . .

Recently, Melissa Allen of Red Dragonfly posted a string of brilliant “afters” inspired by some of the master Bashō’s haiku.  As a translator, I know how difficult (impossible?) it is to translate either French or Spanish poetry into English, but Japanese . . … Continue reading

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But is it haiku? . . .

     The jars of octopus– brief dreams      under the summer moon.                                                   –Bashō (trans., Robert Hass) Much of what I’ve done so far on this blog is not, strictly speaking, haiku.  After all, where’s the obligatory season word–the kigo?  For that … Continue reading

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