Tag Archives: Alegria Imperial

All Hallow’s Eve . . .

Each year for Day of the Dead, my creative and spirited best friend, Katherine Shurlds, sets up an altar in her living room to honor friends and loved ones she’s said goodbye to over the years. A small glimpse of … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead III . . .

    her altar set for family and friends . . . each calavera flickering light that sparks all of our memories                –Margaret Dornaus Once again, I’m privileged to share several images and small … Continue reading

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Birthday tanka countdown . . .

  Thank you to all who’ve added their lovely voices here and helped to make my birthday a real celebration.   There’s still time (a week!) to enter your tanka here for a chance to win a copy of Modern Japanese Tanka.   I’ll … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: Guest Post #6, Alegria Imperial . . .

I am proud to post my friend Alegria Imperial’s bilingual work here as my sixth guest poet.  Alegria, who grew up in the Philippines, lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she writes both free verse and Japanese short form poetry that … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead . . .

Day of the Dead . . . fresh marigold blooms in my garden I’m humbled by and appreciative of the outpouring of poems and images collected here, especially because I put out the call to friends and fellow haijin in … Continue reading

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After shock, the healing . . .

from haiku scribblings to a prayer on a giant wave                     –Alegria Imperial, jornales The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, with all its aftershocks–nuclear and otherwise–has the world, especially the haiku world, reeling.   Obviously, as the birthplace of haiku, … Continue reading

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Three tongues . . .

her soul, she says, speaks in three languages . . . one heart awakened from sleep In the short time I’ve been posting on this blog, I’ve had the good fortune to come in contact with a number of people … Continue reading

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Contemplating “first snow” . . .

Thanks to Alegria Imperial for posting an announcement on her blog jornales about Sketchbook’s haiku thread, a place to work out thoughts about winter’s “first snow.”  I won’t worry you with the many obsessive turns I took contemplating what those … Continue reading

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All Souls Tributes . . .

the whole family all with white hair and canes visiting graves                          –Bashō (trans., Jane Reichhold) As Halloween and El Día de los Muertos approach, once again I look to Bashō for inspiration on how to best remember those who’ve traveled down the ancestral road … Continue reading

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