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Contests and Awards / Re: Catherine J.S. Lee wins chapbook competition
« on: April 28, 2011, 10:32:50 AM »
well done and congratulations Cat,  :)

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Journal Announcements / Re: education
« on: April 24, 2011, 04:02:37 PM »
Don, good luck with the they do wonders these days, when I met my partner he had a heart defect from birth that caused his heart to suddenly beat uncontrollably fast ( 280 beats per min,) they lasered it and he has been fine since.  :)

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Journal Announcements / Re: education
« on: April 24, 2011, 08:24:07 AM »
Lucky students! Best wishes with the new project Don.  ;D

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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: kireji
« on: April 23, 2011, 04:57:07 PM »
A video with an interesting view of the japanese take on kireji here Mary.

http://gendaihaiku.com/hasegawa/index.html 

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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: ? haiku or senryu ?
« on: April 17, 2011, 02:22:03 AM »
Smiling here Alan, I agree, though I once entered a poem (not haiku ) in a competition and won a wonderful weekend in Brighton learning about calligraphy, I learned how to hold a brush and write a little, and still have the brush in my art stuff.
   Gabi, thank you for that careful explanation, I think i should have been born Japanese, as my heart definitely veers towards their view.  ;D

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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Poem qua Poem
« on: April 12, 2011, 05:50:16 PM »
I concur with Lorin's comments about this, very similar to my thoughts. I also find it hard to see this as
human projection onto nature, as for me we are an interdependent part of nature anyway, I never see us as something apart from nature or superior to nature in the first place. After all we use the phrase human nature, yes we can be ingenious, so can other creatures in their own ways if we look closely. Even a plant can recognise a cutting as a separate part of itself. I agree with Jack too, yes ingenious.

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Wow Aubrie, sounds like you will have plenty to choose from which should give you the makings of a superb anthology, are the submissions well spread globally ?

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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: "Found" poetry
« on: April 08, 2011, 05:42:54 PM »
Great read, thank you for the link Alan.  :)

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Hi Mojave, in answer to your question old refers to a full moon, it's still there but it's in darkness we only see moonshine when the moon is the tiniest sliver brand new, when that moonlight gets bigger moonshine outshines earthshine.  :)
Another answer to your original question is that not knowing all the cultural referances can be intriguing, I hate to remain ignorant on a matter and am curious enough to look it up, learning about other cultures can be fun and enriching.

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Religio / Re: A Sense of Something Bigger
« on: April 08, 2011, 04:46:37 PM »
though I have great respect for other religions / faiths, I am spiritual rather than religious.

seing God in all,  knowing we are One 

that kinda sums up my belief, for me there is innate love and intelligence behind the whole of creation and I can't label it or name it.only love it.  Whatever we touch connects to everything else,  is interconnected, each tiny part is a miracle if we look closely. that is my understanding of something bigger, something infinite that gives all the opportunity to evolve learn and grow ad infinitum. Creation doesn't push us into a mould it's loving enough to free us to flower as we wish and to make our own mistakes which we do.  ;D

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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Suggestions and Feedback
« on: April 07, 2011, 03:19:23 AM »
Not sure there are any special areas, this whole place is a hotbed for learning about haiku, we learn from so many different quarters, our own errors, others mistakes too, recommended reading, reading the masters sometimes from very unexpected places etc Somehow I get the feeling that no matter how many haiku we write we never stop learning, someimes it is difficult to critically distance ourselves from our own work I think more often I should distance myself for a while and then reread and critique, but it's such fun often I am in too much of a hurry to share it. ::)

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That's what I love about this place, my mistake but we all learn from it and that is what life is all about!
I am not a science buff, but when I observe something i want to understand it and the net is wonderful for finding out about stuff. There was no intention to mislead, just recording a moment. However I thought you might like to see my first revision attempt with the haiku in question, we hear owls most nights here, there are tawny, barn and little owls. As usual good advice from Don and Gabi, thank you.
Hoping this makes it more universal.

revised

a barn owl's screech --
old moon's ghostly shape
in a bright sliver

original

a sliver of moon
earthshine reflecting 
a ghostly glow

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Sails / Re: Sailing 14: What kind of sword do you carry?
« on: March 08, 2011, 05:37:59 PM »
I guess this one of mine is pretty vigorous, my sword tends to come out in defense of the helpless.

what noise
does a piglet make
?
when it's teeth are cut
with pliers

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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: ? haiku or senryu ?
« on: February 28, 2011, 04:23:45 PM »
thank you Gabi, then it leaves me wondering why do western haijin always advise us to take self out of a ku, as long as we are not directing the reader, or leaving a heavy thumb print, but sticking to simple facts/ observences, I see no harm.  :)

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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: ? haiku or senryu ?
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:03:33 AM »
hello Gabi, where I flounder a bit here is I think due to how I see humanity in the context of life, simply put, I see myself as a small part of nature, equally as wonderful as the rest of nature. I don't see us as separate or superior just unique as the rest of nature is unique and interrelated.  Monkeys can use tools and experience self doubt as we can, plants when cloned can recognise self and communicate with the new cloned plants... ok they may not do things in the same way as us but there are things they do that we can't. Harder to separate out if seen as one whole nature that just is.

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