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The Great Cloud of Witnesses

November 2001 THE GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES  R. H. Blyth Writes To James W. Hackett by Susumu Takiguchi, Oxford, UK  James W Hackett When R. H. Blyth died on 28 October 1964, at the age of 65 years and eleven … Continue reading

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James W. Hackett

May 2001 James W Hackett by Susumu Takiguchi Anyone can read R. H. Blyth. However, how many of them could meet the great man? Still more rarely, how many could become his disciple, and in a manner similar to the … Continue reading

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Editorial – The More They Remain the Same…

Editorial Corner – November 2002 Editorial the more they remain the same… “Days and months are eternal travellers, as are the years that come and go…” This famous beginning of Oku-no-Hosomichi means more than it says. As well as the … Continue reading

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Editorial : Escapist Literature vs Real Literature

Editorial “Tohi-bungaku”(escapist literature) versus “Shin-bungaku”(real literature) Haiku poetry has essentially been a type of what I call “tohi-bungaku” in Japan*. While not going so far as emigrating into Utopia or fairy land, haiku poets have cultivated a special world, slightly … Continue reading

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Using Numbers in Haiku

May 2001 WHC Celebrations: “Using Numbers in Haiku” Centenary of the Death of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) A Study of Shiki’s Haiku Poems (1) USING NUMBERS IN HAIKU Susumu Takiguchi keito no ju-shi-go hon mo arinu beshi (Masaoka Shiki, at the Shiki-an … Continue reading

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Ancestral Voices: Masaoka Shiki’s Tanka

May 2001 WHC Celebrations: “Ancestral Voices” Centenary of the Death of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)  Ancestral Voices: Masaoka Shiki’s Tanka Pamela Ness Miller Masaoka Shiki, known for his reform of both the haiku and the tanka in early twentieth century Japan, lived … Continue reading

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The Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society

Vol 4-1, 2004 WHCpoetrybridge – the Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society by Hisashi Nakamura The Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society After spending years reading Japanese classical tanka written between the 8th century and 1205 I could not keep the beautiful world of tanka within … Continue reading

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What is Poetry? Haiku and the Lyric Form

VOLUME 2: ISSUE 2 JULY 2002 What is Poetry? Haiku & the Lyric Poem Tobias Hill, UK One of the questions addressed by this [WHF2000] Conference is whether and to what degree haiku can be regarded as poetry. I would … Continue reading

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Echoes Over Hills : Sugita Hisajo

VOLUME 1: ISSUE 3 NOVEMBER 2001  A Wave of Moonlight – Women Poets of Japan Reading the essay, This is Your Haiku Life: Fire, Beauty and Haiku Life, Love and Poetry of Suzuki Masajo by Susumu Takiguchi, which was published in … Continue reading

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Dew on the Grass : Translating the Masters

VOLUME 1: ISSUE 3 NOVEMBER 2001   WHCessay – WHF2000: Daniel Gallimore WHC/WHF2000 Celebrations ‘dew on the grass’ : translating the masters sound, image, logic: an approach to haiku translation Daniel Gallimore Oxford, UK When I look at my copy … Continue reading

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