Haiku Classic: June 17, 2012
a beach umbrella
no one comes to
Geraldine Clinton Little (1924-97): From Cor van den Heuvel (ed.): "The Haiku Anthology, 3rd," Norton, NY, USA.
Selector's Comments: I think many Japanese haijin can at once recall Seishi Yamaguchi's haiku:
madadaremo ikowazuumino yoshizujaya
thatched beach house
no one comes to rest
--Seishi Yamaguchi (1901-94); (tr. by I. H.)
G. C. Little became interested in haiku on seeing a copy of Dr. Eric Amann's "Haiku," and wrote that haiku's appeal is "its world in a grain of sand" philosophy, the here and now of it. The two haiku cited above can be called "not yet" haiku -- which frequently merely depict the scene.
June 17, 2012(Mainichi Japan)