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Re: this poem, like me, no name....yet

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Judy Prince <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

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Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:20:04 -0400

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Thanks, Cindy!
I googled 'Shushiri poem', first hit yielded the lovely print-illustrated
scroll-able _Japanese Haiku_ by Peter Beilenson.  Here're some poems from
the 66-page book:

p 66  ANON:

I have known lovers ...
cherry-bloom ...
the nightingale ...
I will sleep content

p 61  ISSA:

Buddha on the hill ...
from your holy
nose indeed
hangs an icicle

p 47  ISSA:

I must turn over
beware of local
earthquakes
bedfellow crickets!

p 42  TAIGI:

Rash tomcat lover ...
careless even
of that rice
stuck in our whiskers

[and, as if in response:]

p 49  SHIKO:

Oh sorry tomcat
bigger blacker
knights of love
have knocked you out

p 19  BASHO:

Under cherry trees
soup, the salad,
fish and all ...
seasoned with petals

p 18  HOKUSHI:

Ashes my burnt hut---
but wonderful
the cherry
blooming on my hill

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Lovely!  I think Patrick must be a reincarnated Japanese poet.

Thanks again, Cindy and Kasper, for your kind comments.

Judy

2008/9/11 Cindy Lee <[log in to unmask]>

> An old, old thread, but I found the avocados and the poem lovely too, and
> researched the poem.
>
> It is, apparently, a Haiku by Shushiri.
>
> Best,
>
> Cindy
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Peter Ciccariello
> Sent: 31 August 2008 02:24
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: this poem, like me, no name....yet
>
> I found this to be quite beautiful Judy, and the unknown poem well worth
> remembering.
>
> - Peter
>
>
>
> On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 5:33 PM, Judy Prince
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
> > I'm feeling quite sad, remembering a friend who died a couple years ago,
> > and
> > other things.
> > Just cutting up veg for a lovely salad, and every time I score the "meat"
> > of
> > a soft avocado, I recall her showing me that trick:  cut the avocado in
> > half, take out the smooth round "seed", then with the knife make cuts
> > lengthwise and then widthwise in the fruit of the avocado, and with a
> > spoon,
> > scoop it all out, leaving the avocado skin quite bare of its fruit.
> > I'm not, like so many of you brilliant folk whom I admire, one who can
> > quote
> > texts and poems and poets' names and sources; so those few lines I've
> > memorised must have some special meaning that I don't even quite
> > understand.
> >  Muriel, my avocado-scoring friend, had spoken this poem to me some 30
> > years
> > ago.  I don't know the title or the poet, nor have I seen it in print.
> >  Here
> > it is, as she said it to me:
> >
> > "Dead my old fine hopes
> >
> > and dry my dreaming
> >
> > but oh iris----
> >
> > blue each spring"
> >
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