Notes & Whatnot

January 1, 2021
 
On December 12th I was honored to receive the third place award in the English category of the 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest.  Domo Arigato!
 
 
 
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November 29, 2020
 
hanging basil
and canning tomatoes
what’s left of summer
Semifinalist October 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest

 

 
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November 13, 2020
 
rods and cones
the reds and grays
of autumn days





 
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 October 25. 2020
 
summer lingers
in the cool evening air
a few fireflies
Semifinalist September 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest
 
  
 

 
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October 6, 2020
 

Haibun
 
Haibun is a literary form originating in Japan and pioneered by the 17th-century haiku poet Matsuo Basho. This poetic form ties together a piece of prose and one or more haiku. Below is a haibun I wrote that was recently published in Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America. While Basho used haibun to chronicle his travels around Japan, in this piece, I fantasize about a different type of travel.

  
A Backspace in Time
    
Once again, my train of thought gets derailed by a steady stream of unconsciousness, bits and bytes of random and somewhat related data, taking me further and further away from myself. At times like this, I dream about going back in time; back to the days when rotary telephones and typewriters were state of the art technological wonders. Is there an app for that? 

My DeLorean is in the shop, so I pull the plug and hop onto a 1954 Smith Corona Silent-Super. The rhythm of my analog digits dancing on Bakelite keys accompanied by the sound of typebars smacking into a fresh ribbon invokes visions of Kerouac and Ginsberg, bebop and scat; clickety-clack, I’m back on track.

 
 
 
        ringing bells
        and rattling bones
        smith corona                                   
        Frogpond - vol. 43, #3 - Autumn 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
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October 1, 2020
 
Haiga

Haiga is a Japanese art form that combines an image with a haiku poem. Traditionally haiga featured Japanese-style brush painting and calligraphy, but over the years, the term has grown to include other types of media, including photography and digital images.

With a background in photography and haiku, it was a natural progression for me to start creating photographic haiga. My first published haiga appears in the October 2020 issue of failed haiku: A Journal of English Senyru. The is an image of a fungus with an oxymoronic name, gilled polypore, growing on an oak log, a piece of wood that remains unburned after an unseasonably warm winter and a short maple sugaring season.
 


 
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September 28, 2020
 
heatwave—
the cricket's song interrupted
by a lovers' quarrel
Semifinalist August 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest
 
 

 
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 September 7, 2020


A song I wrote and recorded Labor Day weekend 2012 for all the working people of America and around the world.



 September 2, 2020

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Busy Bees

 
As I sit beneath a two-hundred-year-old oak, admiring a lily   that will bloom for just one day, birds and time go flying by, but some things never change. I wonder if these stately trees merely suffer the gossip of buzzing bees, or do they savor the trending topics and flavors of the day.




busybodies
spreading gossip
they call it news 
Failed Haiku #57, September 2020




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August 22, 2020   


fading light—
in the spider’s web
a firefly
July Semifinalist 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest
 
    


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July 25, 2020         

sandlot heroes the roar of cicadas  
June Semifinalist 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest
 



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June 27, 2020        


mother’s day—
a bouquet of flowers
in sixty-four colors
May Semifinalist 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest




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May 14, 2020        





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April 8, 2020         





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March 28, 2020    


Cabin fever in New York, 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic


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March 2020 



 
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February 2020

New Year’s Day
a blanket of snow
covers our tracks
January Semifinalist 2020 Ito En Art of Haiku Contest




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February 19, 2020


the cat watches
a squirrel watching me
tap a tree




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February 4, 2020

even the cat
sleeps late
a cloudy day 




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January 27, 2020

bump ditty bump
ditty bump bump bump
banjo haiku




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January 17, 2020

my new laptop a '58 rocket


Hermes Rocket

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January 3, 2020

Congratulations!, Omedeto!  to all the winners of the 2019 Ito En Haiku Grand Prix.

dandelions
fill the little girl’s poem
with wonder


New York Seikatsu Press January 1, 2020


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January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!  


looking back
my twenty-twenty
hindsight


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December 13, 2019
Domo Arigato!


My wife and I attended the 2019 Ito En Art of Haiku Grand Prix awards ceremony at the Nippon Club in N.Y.C. where I received my third place award from Rona Tyson, Vice President of Ito En North America. Many thanks to the folks at Ito En, NewYork Seikatsu Press, and the Nippon Club for making the contest and wonderful awards ceremony possible.