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  1. Hey Mr. Gillespie!

    I just wanted to say I have really enjoyed your haiku. I try to come by every day to read them. (The woodcuts are beautiful as well :))

    I want to request something that may be fun. What if I try to post a haiku in the comments every time I think up one good? I want to ask and see if it’s not a strange thing to do. The reason i’d like to is that I’ve taken more and more interest in the haiku while reading your blog (I think the total time I spend on here and my interet in the haiku are proportional lol).

    I want to say something about this one you posted. I find it exceptional because it captures something that I have never been able to. Emily Dickinson did something like this:

    Two Travellers perishing in Snow
    The Forests as they froze
    Together heard them strengthening
    Each other with the words

    That Heaven if Heaven — must contain
    What Either left behind
    And then the cheer too solemn grew
    For language, and the wind

    Long steps across the features took
    That Love had touched that Morn
    With reverential Hyacinth —
    The taleless Days went on

    Till Mystery impatient drew
    And those They left behind
    Led absent, were procured of Heaven
    As Those first furnished, said —

    The best I can call it is a “drawing close” of things which emanates beautifully. (Here she draws close the men and the trees, I believe).

    Have a good one!

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    • Hi Rillie, I’m glad you commented on that haiku. I think this is one of the best I’ve written (but we poets always overestimate our writing). Not very many ‘liked’ this haiku. That poem by Dickinson is, as so many of her poems, profound and burning with genius.

      As for your proposal, you can absolutely post your haiku in the comments. :) I invite anyone and everyone to share their poetry here, and if you have a blog you are welcome to mention that as well.

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    • I can’t wait! But I warn you, I live in a season-impoverished state- the only seasons we get are summer and slightly-colder summer- so there won’t be much variety. I also happen to be a talent-impoverished poet :P But I hope you will enjoy them nonetheless.

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    • Then your seasons won’t be much different from the classical Japenese poets like Buson and Basho. Unless they were wandering around the highlands, their winters were truthfully very mild.

      Also, if you’d like my opinion or advice, do ask for it, otherwise I won’t presume.

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    • Oh yes! I would be very grateful for any advice!
      I’ll start with this one I wrote last night:

      On the highway-
      a snowplow
      in a summer deluge

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    • I like the brevity and the concrete imagery.

      I see what you’re doing with the snowplow contrasted with the summer deluge. I once wrote a haiku describing newly sprouting spring flowers “drifting” against a snowplow. My reaction is to wonder why a snowplow would be out on the highway during a summer deluge. I suppose it’s possible that someone has just bought a snowplow and is driving it home for the winter. But living in snowplow country, I may have only seen this once in 30 years. I don’t know why? I mean, why not? That said, the haiku blurs somewhere between seeming believable and feeling just a touch contrived. That’s my reaction. :)

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