a zig and a zag the little white  butterfly is bigger than life Juxtaposition is the essence of haiku. The two sections are asymmetrical — not only is one section shorter by more than half, the role played by the shorter one is to orient our view of the longer one. This instability of temporal structure […]

the small crowd erupts all eyes on the ball which seems not about to fall   Language structures experience. Words are sounds. The poet plays with words to fulfill his desire for a good poem. A good poem after many readings blends into one hyper – sound. The word ecstatic comes to mind. A sound-narrative […]

Revised 21 vi 2016; 25×2016 On the Kigo as an Image of Desire Haiku is a hinged form. The single line — Japanoese kigo– is often spoken of as a cultural given, a seasonal word everybody in the language community understands,  a sort of fixed point. I’d rather say it is an index of the DESIRE […]

  HAIKU I cannot face the face of being the rose of summer in summer   ‘The astonishing gift perplexes us about what offers it, or who.’ (Desmond G&B 18) The unbearable beauty of the summer rose awakens the unanswerable question:  who bestows the beauty of this hour? To name being as the giver may […]

high bright building clouds house painters in overalls leap from their ladders

  This is a spread from Ornithopter Press’s third book, Peter Yovu’s Imago. (200 copies in the first printing; see ornithopterpress.com.) The quality of design, printing, paper, deserve the epithet “fine press item.” Ornithopter books are edited and designed by Mark Harris. There is a coherence beyond the usual fine press item: all three of the books explore a […]

  To learn how to die observe the sun-shot seed crown of a dandelion In The Poetry of Zen, Sam Hamill translates an anonymous Japanese poem from the early 18th century: “To learn how to die,/ watch cherry blossoms, observe / chrysanthemums.” Becoming a part of this tradition in so far as an Anglo-phone poet […]