Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cool Announcement: My Journey into the Land of Fado

                                                                                          a crescent moon
                                                                                          in the Tagus River
                                                                                          her sultry voice
                                                                                          wailing out a song
                                                                                          tinged with passion and regret

My Dear Friends:

In the back of my mind echo his words, "Every day is a journey, and the journey itself home."

In a few hours, I'll embark on a journey into the land of fado (a form of Portuguese music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics) and hopefully I'll be back in shape on June 15th.

The following is the 2-week poetic food supply:

Editor's Choice Haiku/Tanka

Haibun Poetics: "Make Haibun New through the Chinese Poetic Past: Basho's Transformation of Haikai Prose" (first published in Simply Haiku, Vol.8. No. 1, Summer 2010 and reprinted in Haibun today, 6:1 March 20120), an in-depth analysis (structural and stylistic) of Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Interior , "What Happens in [David Cobb’s Conception of] Haibun: A Critical Study for Readers Who Want More" (first published in Haibun Today, 7:3, September 2013), a 30-page thematic, textual, and perspectival analysis of David Cobb's What Happens in Haibun: A Critical Study of an Innovative Literary Form, and my "To the Lighthouse" posts about haibun poetics (such as titling, haibun structure, and the relationship between the prose and haiku, ...) (Note: In a conference paper, titled "The Narrow Road to a Deeper Understanding of Haibun," authored by Susie Utting (from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia) and presented at the 2013 Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship, I got recognized and noticed for my work studying haibun poetics in general and Basho's The Narrow Road to the Interior in particular)

And share with you the following poems that were written after my 2013 trip to the Netherlands and Belgium:

in De Wallen
the summer sunset sky
through a brothel window ...
one woman looks out
another looks in

Tanka 3rd place, Diogen Summer Haiku Contest, 2013

the full moon
over Memling Museum
unfinished black circles
in Verdier's wall painting

(Note: Fabienne Verdier is a contemporary French painter, known for her expertise with Chinese ink techniques)

Cattails, 1, December 2013

one mandarin duck
wanders back and forth
in the canal
sandwiched between
rows of window brothels

A Hundred Gourds, 2:4, September 2013

on his T-shirt
to hell with water
give me Belgian beer ...
hugging in Burg Square
we drink summer moonlight

A Handful of Stones, March 19th 2014

last pencil marks
on the wall
Anne Frank House at dusk

Per Diem, The Haiku Foundation, September 2013
to buy or not to buy
one more box of chocolates ...
Bruges in summer twilight

Senryu 3rd place, Diogen Summer Haiku Contest, 2013

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