Saturday, July 7, 2012

H. F. Noyes: The Truth About Haiku

The Plum Orchard In Kameido by Hiroshige

"The truth is that readers require not so much to be informed as to be reminded. Haiku remind us that life is ever new, and of what compelling interest the everyday can provide." 
         H. F. Noyes - Haiku Canada Review Vol. 6, Feb. 2012, No. 1, pg. 22

The following is from Tom's fine collection, raking aside leaves, which you can find reviewed here:

Artwork by Gogaku Yajima

Religion aside
there are plum blossoms
and pussy willows
H. F. Noyes

Photo by Theodor Horydczak

the Buddha in the field
with a red skullcap...
plum blossoms
translated by David G. Lanoue


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snowbird said...

Hi, Don, Thanks for these from Tom... What a great friend he was to us all....

snowbird said...

Thee is something palpable about a man like Tom ... always a presence, even now.

Charles Gramlich said...

That top image is just wonderful. Love the Watermelon color.

Ed Baker said...

sure is nice to re:visit Tom and I have always been impressed with his precision (an example is that correct verbal conjugation : "Haiku remind us..."
I first came into contact with him and his work via
Persimmon... maybe about 1999 or so when I started sending out my 'full moon' "shorties"
a few notes between here and Attikis and Attikis and here .... especially appreciated his appreciation of (my) Things Just Come Through
here is another Jim Red Moon Press Kacian Tom Noyes production:

snowbird said...

Ed, Thanks for that link... my copies of his favorites are buried and I haven't seen them for awhile. I hope we never bury the memory of such a friend.

Ed Baker said...

what else are we but
our memories

when I/we go it will
all go with us and
all that will be
will be a re:visionist 'istory

kept on a too-busy internet/ethernet
just a mouse-click away

Don Wentworth said...

Cheers, Merrill. In the moment, at the heart, all.

Don Wentworth said...

Thanks, Charles.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ed, just thinking of you and, huzzah, here you are.

Magnificent little booklet by Noyes - I will share this in a future post, with a hat type your way.


Ed Baker said...

thanx DW for the thots my way
been thinking lately about thinking:

-thinking just comes and goes


- either thinking makes 'it' so
it doesn't

- thinking to change that 'either or'
that 'this OR that' to
'this AND that'

- thinking that One becomes Two in all their uniqueness-es/ differences

which if you get beyond sex is the goal of love

which just might be what all of this writing is all about ?

Anonymous said...

Thanks abound to you for more H. F. Noyes. There could never be enough of them by him, so it is very fine that his form was the haiku, for the same ones circulate freely as the air and we breathe them in. ~ Donna

Anonymous said...

What a refreshing way to start the day, Hiroshige's Plum Orchard and a "truth about haiku" from Noyes. Receiving handwritten postcards from Noyes when I was the secretary for the Haiku Society of America was one of the major perks. Merrill, another one was your cards with original designs of birds.

snowbird said...

Hi, Carmen, Thanks... think I'll quote a bit of "Ed"... "which if you get beyond sex is the goal of love"... :-)

Look at what Tom has brought to this site! Here we are all sharing just like he was mixing things up for us! Don't tell me his energy isn't in this somewhere! con afeccion, Merrill

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Poem as manifesto and theory and poem, the working out of it all on the page.

Thank you.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Cheers, Donna.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, CS ... glad that shed some soothing light.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Yes, Merrill, and all - a nice gathering of all - and many thanks to all, especially Tom Noyes.

Ed Baker said...

et al & et ceteras
& to take 'things' to a differ
ent level/attitude
as it is now taking me and Stone Girl E-pic beyond mere chance,
encounter, sex, and fidelity (contract)

in fact, Tom's "thread" (beyond power-politics|emotives-enslavements (to words?) just might also be in the same flow/stream of 'things' that in his brand new & very readable book
In Praise of Love

Alain Badiou positions us with a new slant on
"this's & that's" that is also the goal of "shorties" (haiku) ?

I will finish Badiou's book
read a cpl of sections again
take some notes (maybe)
re:read my Stone Girl E-pic
(with what he posits) again
if his publisher sends me AB's
Paris address will have Leafe send
AB a copy... who knows ? or is knowing-doing

if you don't ?

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

who knows ? or is knowing-doing

if you don't ?

thanks, Ed.

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