New poem & quote from R.H. Blyth on haiku

rusty hook
an ibis fishes
the shallows

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And I just couldn’t resist posting this quote by R.H. Blyth. You can read the full essay over at Issa’s Untidy Hut.

Bashō made haiku literature, and yet something beyond and above literature, a process of discovery rather than creation, using words as means, not ends, as a chisel that removes the rock hiding the statue beneath.

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6 responses to “New poem & quote from R.H. Blyth on haiku

  1. Awesome indeed – both your ku and the quote

  2. great words to go with the pic!!

  3. Indeed…fine work and corresponding photo.

  4. misswoodhouse

    Enjoyed seeing the Joseph Campbell reference–I am reading a bunch of his stuff right now, and have spent a lot of time thinking about the difficulties that arise when religious traditions begin to believe their own metaphors. So much food for thought; thanks for the link!

  5. lilliputreview

    Graham, thanks for passing the word(s) on …

    misswoodhouse, glad it’s all dovetailed together so nicely! Don @ Issa’s Untidy Hut.

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