Sunday, February 24, 2013

Butterfly Dream: Lantern Haiku by Michael McClintock

English Original

to each other
in the dark --
waving lanterns

Second Prize, San Francisco International Haiku Competition 2009

Michael McClintock

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

面對彼此 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Michael McClintock's lifework in haiku, tanka, and related literature spans over four decades. His many contributions to the field include six years as president of the Tanka Society of America (2004-2010) and contributing editor, essayist, and poet for dozens of journals, anthologies, landmark collections and critical studies. McClintock now lives in Clovis, California, where he works as an independent scholar, consultant for public libraries, and poet. Meals at Midnight [tanka], Sketches from the San Joaquin [haiku] and Streetlights: Poetry of Urban Life in Modern English Tanka, are some of his recent titles.

1 comment:

  1. Michael's poem works emotionally effectively as Ichibutsu Shitate (one-scene/image/theme/object haiku), a "single-object poem, which [focuses] on a single topic and in which the [haiku flows] smoothly from start to finish, without leap or gap found in the "composition poem" (that reads a poem with two juxtaposed images/topics...; Traces of Dreams, p. 111)

    Today is the Lantern Festival, marking the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year festivities. His beautifully-crafted haiku, especially L3, lifts my spirit.

    Here is my response haiku:

    Water Snake Lantern zigzags
    through Ketagalan Boulevard ...
    end of Chinese New Year

    note; Ketagalan Boulevard is in Zhongzheng District,Taipei, Taiwan, between the Presidential Building and the East Gate. Its length is 400 m,and there are ten lanes in two directions and no traffic islands.