Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Issa's last home

Sometimes technology just sneezes. Since we were heading out to the woods for three days this past weekend, I thought I'd schedule a post for Sunday. Simple little task, no biggie.

Well, with Blogger, nothing is ever really simple. This go round, when I came back late Monday I discovered the formatting kerflooey and the youtube video pulling a Godzilla all over the page. So, my apologies, folks, I've reposted everything with corrections.

Of course, this gives me the opportunity to say we had a great time hiking in the woods, reading, and generally cavorting around the lodge where we stayed. It also gives me the chance to pass along two Issa snow-related translations by the David G. Lanoue:

he's also in no mood
to sweep the snow...

first snowfall--
it too
becomes Buddha
translated by David G. Lanoue



Greg Schwartz said...

glad you had a good time!

Ed Baker said...

neat house. looks like Issa lived
very well.

is that addition
the gift-shoppe?

Charles Gramlich said...

Man, when I go to the woods I try to forget about anything resembling technology. Other than some binoculors.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, Greg ...

Charles, yeah, that was the idea and it worked well until I got back ...

Ed, the "shack" has the suspicious look of a museum of sorts ... wonder if there are notecards and shot glasses and kerfuffles on the inside ...

Princess Haiku said...

I enjoyed the snow haiku very much.

Today is very rainy where I am in Northern Cal. Perhaps I should write some rain haiku. Now that is a good idea although I am feeling transparent.

Winter haiku writing can be a challenge.

Best Wishes,

Ed Baker said...

why is it difficult?

just drop the conditional ("should") and the abstract ("I") and

write the poem.

rain rain rain
the way is muddy
no one comest to visit
How Pleasant!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

PH, Glad you liked the Issa snow haiku - difficult for me, too, to write winter haiku ... it's a question of probing the mood, I guess ...

And then, of course, Ed shows us the (muddy) Way - good one, Mr. B.

Elisabeth said...

Issa's home looks tiny, but well appointed like his haiku. I love these words here, a wave of sensations.

Ed Baker said...

acording to my extensive
and exhaustive

Issa's tiny house
the store-house(shed of teh big house

(which may be the structure off (behind) on the right)

thias research has just led me
into another "haiku moment":

full moon
rakes and hoes
my dirt-floor hut

Ed Baker said...


Just went to my shelf-of-haiku-Masters
and found my print-out of

Robert N. Huey's work (via J STOR)
"Journal of My Father's Last Days. Issa's 'Chichi no Shuen Nikki'"

it was published in

Monumenta Nipponica, Vol 39, No 1, (Sprong 1984), pp. 25-54

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Right you are, Ed ... this is the toolshed/shack, w/some serious renovation and cagey photog .... another nice ku ...

Off to J-stor to check out the Journal of My Father's Last Days - thanks for the tip.

Ed Baker said...

here: the Issa thing:


a friend sent it to me
soon after my dad died in 2002
(via jstor) as I don't qualify to get into jstor...

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, Ed ... you sometimes need a subscription for JStor ... but I got it.