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Haiku Classic - Jan. 17, 2016

On the first day of spring

    snow falling

    from one bough to another


    Virginia Brady Young (born in 1912): From Cor van den Heuvel (ed.): "The Haiku Anthology, 1st," (Anchor, 1974); selected and commented on by Isamu Hashimoto

    The author was born in New York City and attended Columbia University, but she did not have the finances to obtain a degree. "My early interest in haiku came from reading the first haiku magazine published in the United States, 'American Haiku,'" she says. She became deeply absorbed in Japanese gardens and came to know entirely new types of haiku that caught the intuitive flashes which can so easily escape the poet. In the haiku above, she grasped surely how the early spring snow falls. The following piece is well known and highly praised: autumn afternoon: / tossing a petal into / the Grand Canyon

    For Making a Good Haiku:

    Hint 5: Don't try to show the meaning of the circumstances. Just depict things, plainly, so the haiku will stand and talk by itself: crane is suspending / the new year / sunset: Isamu Hashimoto (1941- )

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