June 19th 2016

····strawberries—the white, porcelain bowl
Shiki is considered the last of the four great poets of haiku. He famously developed a style of haiku called Shasei, the aim being “to depict as is”.  The aesthetic was a rebellion against the many techniques that had come to define haiku. As Jane Reichhold put it: “He favored the quiet simplicity of just stating what he saw without anything else having to happen in the ku. He found the greatest beauty in the common sight, simply said. And 99% of his haiku were written in his style.” Yet after writing so many Shasei, the artist in Shiki inevitably became restless, searching for yet a new way to express his ideas and vision.
226 June 19th 2016 | bottlecap

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