Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Judy Robinson & Terri French: Wednesday Haiku, Week 42

Photo by Helmut Newton

Wednesday Haiku, Week 42

the moon
a severed head
Judy Robinson

Wedding Photo found in rubble - Shuji Kajiyama  /  AP 

after the quake
cherry blossoms shingle
the peace pagoda
Terri French

Photo by Jason Hsu

peace to the world
from time immemorial...
cherry blossoms
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Charles Gramlich said...

Something about that top pic really bothers me. Not sure what it is. But its disturbing.

Fred said...

Agreed. Perhaps it's too early in the morning for the top photo.

Very uncomfortable--and I don't know why. Perhaps that adds to my discomfort.

Why did you select that one, Don?

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Fred (and Charles),

Hmn, didn't realize that this would be so disturbing. So here's the reason ...

The first poem also has a disturbing quality about it and the piece of cloth pictured, oddly perhaps, seemed to recall the moon, a severed moon, if you will.

Obviously, it is off-putting in maybe a subliminal way since it can't be put into words.

Other thoughts on this one?


Jim H. said...

The eyes closed, the head tilted just so, the blood-red lips -- could be the start of a death mask. Chilling.

Ed Baker said...

Pardon me:


I just saw on the NHK WORLD channel

DONALD KEENE a right-now interview !


I tuned in just as he was finishing talking about a temple (I think) in Kyoto that Basho was connected to...

He is now Professor Emeritus at Columbia University !!!!

Ed Baker said...


the Keene interview is now on the net:

I think
that I saw that he has permanently moved to Japan ....

Anonymous said...

YEAH... this is very right now a happening:


Brooklyn is where my mother's family grew up

(she was born in 1915)

and all of my closest cousins went to James Madison High School !!!

up around as I recall, 173 & Longfellow Avenue. same school Donald Keene went to

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Thanks for the note ... art, a mirror, a river, a blank wall, an open field ... a photograph, a poem.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...


We must of flicked on to the channel from some other show at the same time ... I caught part of the interview, too, I was so busy explaining to Laurie who he was - stuttering with amazement - that I missed some more of it. Thanks for the link.

Wow, indeed.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Oh, the interview is much abbreviated from the one on TV. Will see if I can find the full thing.

Anonymous said...

here is one interview:

and looks like more over on the right
not the one I saw on NHK


I think
in the one that we are looking for that he said
that he was moving to Sendai & becoming a Japanese citizen

methinks that he just might eventually reside in Basho's little hut.
the one next to the trinket shop

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

The one next to the trinket shop, the one with the lovely roof?

Thanks, Ed.

Anonymous said...

here is his opening remarks at his last class..

April 26, 2011 (exactly one week after my 70 th birth-day):

and the NOH plays he mentions?
I have a copy of his (as editor/translator) 1970

"20 Plays of the No Theater" a publisher's pre-publication hard-back that was sent to Rudd Fleming who gave it to "goose" me along

beautiful sketches in this book

Anonymous said...

oppppps eeee daisie...
here is the "real" last class

we called classes like this "seminars"

six-eight "students" sitting around a large 150 year-old wooden table
with Eliott Coleman

moderating ( or is it "modulating'?)

sitting to DK's left ... who's the cute girl ?


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, Ed ...

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