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r e v i e w s
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an excellent book of pioneer tanka
and a book of 200 tanka memories

 


 


 

 

 

 

A  Pattern  For  This  Place
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Words of a Pioneer Woman
by
Carol Purington

 

 

        These long sunny days
             he sets off at first light
             to mow the marsh grass -
                 the young ones and I hoe the corn . . .
                     putting summer by

 

This is a simple, beautifully designed & well produced book with Tanka
that gives one a sense of place even though the author informs us that
these are poems of a fictitious pioneer woman who lived
in Massachusetts two hundred years ago.

 

 

         We are here
         with food enough, wood enough
         to stare down winter
             He names tomorrow
             our own day of Thanksgiving

 

          

The quilt illustrations by the author's sister-in-law that accompany the poems
transport us to a bygone era with their honesty and quiet simplicity
and further add to the strong sense of place.

 

 

          That long ago time
          when he first spoke to me of wedding
             - a golden robin sang
             from summer elms in my parents' garden -
                 I hear its voice again

 

 

The book tells the story of one woman's life in an isolated cabin and how
she overcomes the loneliness, fear and loss in what must have been a
harsh and often unforgiving environment. The poems reveal her
close communion with nature and her god.

 

 

          Transplanted rosebush -
          and I too am called to be a pilgrim
               How to live
                    loving this one place
                         yet loving heaven more

 

 

Carol Purington has given us a gift of Tanka poems worthy
of returning to again and again.

 

 

          He is back
               and I would wish to live in no other place,
               to hear no other song -
                   the children's laughter
                   soaring high with his

 

 

 

We have another fine book from Winfred Press
and this volume is

 

available from:



Winfred Press,  364 Wilson Hill Road, Colrain, MA 01340,  USA. 
$12.00 domestic (USA) ppd.,  $16.00 ppd. overseas surface

80 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, perfect bound

 


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Memories  Of  A  Woman ______________________________________________

by Harue Aoki

 

 

        Washed my hair thoroughly
        though, in my life
        nothing has changed
        The day passes
        like all the rest

         
        the jar       

 

                                                                              Making up my mind
                                                                              to clean a carpet
                                                                              Remove a sofa
                                                                              remove a table
                                                                              Then, I stand at the centre

 

 

       I came out aimlessly
       alone on Sunday
       I'm at a loss
       what to do today
       My wedding anniversary
       
                                                                                                            

 

 

The continuing theme of loneliness pervades Harue Aoki's book of tanka.
Her poems ask questions to which she already has the answers. What comes
across is a gentle woman whose solitude and sensuality seem trapped in verse.

 

 

       Confined in my room
       I'm lost in my thoughts
       Alone, vaguely, blankly
       I expose my hands
       to the February sun


 

All enquiries to:
Mure Literature Society,
c/o Kaneko, 3-24-4 Inokashira, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0001, Japan

 

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n o t i c e    b o a r d
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two editions of Ko magazine from Japan
and
a double-fold haiku card . . .
 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Ko
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Haiku Magazine in English
Spring-Summer 2001

Translations of Japanese haiku by James Kirkup and Tamaki Makoto
predominate in this magazine with practically all of the published
haiku in the traditional 5-7-5 format. 

 

 

 

            The autopsy room
            is freezing cold. I could glimpse
            father's testicles
                                                  

           

   

                                                Landscape gardener
                                                   arrived to start creating
                                             the shapes of winter

 

 

 

 

both haiku by Hirai Shobin
translated by James Kirkup and Tamaki Makoto

 

Please contact:

Koko Kato, Editor,
1-36-7 Ishida cho, Mizuho-ku,
Nagoya, Japan 467-0067

 

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Ko
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Haiku Magazine in English
Autumn-Winter 2001

See above for a brief description of the magazine.

 

 

 

            Winter seclusion
            sometimes trimming the eyebrows
            when they grow too long
                                                  

           

   

                                                Open on this world
                                                                     something like a small window
                                          in the coffin lid

 

 

 

 

both haiku by Takayanagi Shigenobu
translated by James Kirkup and Tamaki Makoto

 

Please contact:

Koko Kato, Editor,
1-36-7 Ishida cho, Mizuho-ku,
Nagoya, Japan 467-0067

 

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the temple yard
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a double-fold haiku card by Stanford M. Forrester
housing a collection of 18 haiku and senryu
about Buddhism and the
Zen experience

 

 

 

 

            how quickly
            it comes back-
            dust
                                                  

           

   

                                      temple ruins
                                                        moss growing between
                                         buddha's toes

 

 

 

 

The price is $2.00 (US funds) postage paid to Europe
and $1.00 postage paid within the US.

 

Please send all orders to:

Stanford M. Forrester,
P. O. Box 290691,
Whethersfield,
CT 06109,
USA.

 

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