it's easier to brush english language haiku aside than to actually endeavour
to put some soul into the practice. it strikes me as stuck-up to compare
hallmark sentiments to a type of literature that is hard to do & which
conveys surprising & clever connections when done well. the whole argument
about the cultural translation of the artform being untenable in the weast
is an over-academic & oversimplistic argument to me.
one of Higginson's books on haiku that I have is interesting & has a depth
of spirit that I admire, and his ideas echoed my own at the time. I also
read Kenneth Yasuda's "Japanese Haiku", which despite its title is all
about how we should write & read english haiku; it was the most deplorably
dry, ridiculous, irritating work of clumsy & faux-innovative guidelines I've
ever read -- especially by comparison.
2008/10/13 David Bircumshaw <[log in to unmask]>
> Good Lord, Deborah, the North American Haiku Conference! Now without
> being nasty, I do take it as basic that a care for poetry at least
> suggests a concern for language, I know these things do not always
> come across in hasty e-mails, but I would hesitantly suggest that the
> aping of corporate language and the elusive art of poetry do not
> belong together.
> English haiku, huh? Since when ...
> One might as well talk about the traditions of Christmas card poetry.
> 2008/10/12 deborah russell <[log in to unmask]>:
> > I met Bill and Penny in NYC, a few years ago. I took their writing
> workshop during the North American
> > Haiku Conference. He was an impressionable man and down to earth. I have
> a few of his books as well.I am sure he will be greatly missed.
> > Deborah Russell
> > EMAILING FOR THE GREATER GOODJoin me> Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 14:14:26
> -0600> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: Re: William Higginson has
> passed...> To: [log in to unmask]> > I am so sorry to hear this! I
> love his books.> > Shortly after I first went online and started my blog,
> Bill found it. He> sent me an email, telling me I was "the real thing" and
> to put my name on my> site.> > I assumed I was being conned, and searched
> for his site, and emailed him> back, and he emailed me back ...> > There is
> no way I can express how much this encouragement meant to me.> > A person I
> never met, but valued very highly.> > > > On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:39 PM,
> deborah russell <> [log in to unmask]> wrote:> > > Curtis Dunlap
> sent the people on my group this message. I am sure no one> > has made more
> of an impact on English Haiku than Bill.> >> >> > Bill Higginson died
> today.> >> > More information and a message from Penny can be read here:> >
> David Bircumshaw
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