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Friday, 10 March 2017

Info on JOURNEYS 2017 - new antho. with 5 chapters EEL PIE ISLAND DHARMA

HAIBUN TODAY: A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmusssen, General Editor

Journeys 2017 Released

Journeys 2017 has just been released by Editor Angelee Deodhar and can be purchased through Amazon. It is the third in the Journeys series devoted to printing the best of contemporary poets' published works. Each of the three volumes presents the work of a different set of poets. In total, 400 haibun by 84 poets appear in the Journeys trilogy. In addition, the anthology features essays, excerpts from the work of Japanese masters and selections of works by early adapters of haibun.


Angelee Deodhar (Editor, Journeys 2017), Preface

When Matsuo Bashō wrote Journey into the Interior, a classic of Japanese literature three hundred and fifty years ago, he could not have imagined the popularity haibun would come to enjoy as a serious poetry genre among English-language poets. Although Oku no hosomichi is accepted as being the first haibun ever written, other travel journals and diaries were being written by men and women, courtiers, princesses, entertainers, hermits, nuns and commoners several centuries before Bashō’s lifetime. Many of them influenced his writing style.

The lack of critical literature aroused my interest in assembling the three Journeys anthologies. Today we have many online and print haiku journals and even some main stream poetry publications carry haibun, but it is still difficult to find the work of some of the early adaptors of prose with verse. This is because some journals that carried these early haibun forms ceased publication and many personal chapbooks were also only printed in short limited runs.

The first two Journeys (Journeys and Journeys 2015) highlighted the personal selections of the published work of our most prominent current international writers, as well as featuring the work of early adaptors of the genre. Encouraged by the reception of both anthologies and feeling that work of more contemporary and early adaptors is needed, I embarked upon putting together Journeys 2017. This features the work of twenty-two current writers and six early adaptors who employ a wide range of writing styles and subjects. In addition, this collection features not so familiar excerpts from eight Japanese poets, whose works are vital to the understanding of the roots of haibun.

It is my sincere hope that the Journeys trilogy will inspire poets and promote a deeper understanding to the serious study of this genre. While putting together this series, I would pause from time to time to go over a particular piece, to savour an exquisite turn of phrase or the depth and poignancy of a particular experience from the poet’s milieu interior, a fascinating journey in itself.

I am very grateful to all the poets who have generously shared their work with me for this third collection. It has been an honour to travel with them.

Angelee Deodhar, Chandigarh, India

Essay: Jeffrey Woodward, Form in Haibun: An Outline

Section I: Early Adapters:

John Ashbery, Jerry Kilbride, Kenneth C. Leibman, Paul F. Schmidt, Edith Shiffert, Rod Willmot

Section II: Contemporary Writers of Haibun:

Melissa Allen, Cherie Hunter Day, Lynn Edge, Judson Evans, Chris Faiers, Charles Hansmann, Jeffrey Harpeng, Ed Higgins, Ruth Holzer, Roger Jones, Gary LeBel, Tom Lynch, George Marsh, Michael McClintock, Beverly Acuff Momoi, Lenard D. Moore, Peter Newton, Jim Norton, Stanley Pelter, Dru Philippou, Richard S. Straw, Bill Wyatt

Section III: Excerpts from Books

Rich Youmans, Travel Diaries and the Development of Modern Haibun
William R. LaFleur, Awesome Nightfall: The Life, Times, and Poetry of Saigyō
H. Mack Horton, The Journal of Sōchō
Haruo Shirane, Traces Of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Bashō
Makoto Ueda, Dew On The Grass: The Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa
Patricia Lyons, A Translation of Kurita Chodō’s Sketches of Moonlit Nights
Janine Beichman, Masaoka Shiki: His Life and Works
Keiko Shiba and Motoko Ezaki, Literary Creations on the Road–Women’s Travel Diaries in Early Modern Japan
Kaoru Ikeda, Slocan Diary

Sunday, 26 February 2017

5 Chapters Eel Pie Dharma in new International Haibun Anthology

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Journeys 2017: An Anthology of International Haibun Paperback – February 24, 2017

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About the Author

Dr. Ms Angelee Deodhar is an eye surgeon by profession as well as a haiku poet, translator, and artist. She lives and works in Chandigarh, India. Her haiku, haibun and haiga have been published internationally in various books and journals, and her work can be viewed on many websites. She has edited two anthologies on haibun - Journeys, Journeys 2015 previously.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Two Hoots for Grey Owl

I wrote an earlier posting about my upset over learning that acclaimed Canadian First Nations author Joseph Boyden has no provable First Nations genealogy. In fact Boyden is a white boy from Toronto's suburban Willowdale.  Boyden's pretense at being a "genuine" First Nations author reminded many people of that original poseur, Grey Owl. It will be interesting to see if Boyden's literary reputation is treated as harshly for his false claims as Grey Owl's was. Because of the Boyden affair, I decided to read Grey Owl for the first time, and I've been pleasantly surprised at what an entertaining, even shamanic, writer Grey Owl was. Here's a passage which would do Boyden proud:

paragraph from chapter X111, The Tree

  All this the bear saw and heard; and who can ever know what strange thoughts passed behind those small sagacious eyes, or what unfulfilled longings surged through that mighty frame, as he gazed so steadily and so long out upon that, to him, undiscovered country with its far off vistas and its unknown inhabitants. But it was not his home, and he never went there. And the great jack-pine, giant of its kind and old, even as he was, became to him a kind of milepost or a monument, and the companionship of the tree seemed to fill some want in his lonely life, and he began to feel, in his dim, uncouth way, that it lived and was, for all it seemed so quiet and never moved, a friend. And so he put his mark upon it with his teeth. And the tree, that had never been scored since the tiny cuts were made upon it by the rabbits' teeth, and was now covered by the concentric rings of four hundred years, felt a strange thrill go through all it fibres at this recognition, and knew than that it too, had life. And when the bear was no longer there, the ground around its foot felt bare and empty, and when the huge brown beast returned and took his accustomed place, the soul of the tree would thrill, and a kind of a tremor pass among its branches; and the bear would lie contentedly beneath it and gaze out over the wide plains that spread for ever on into the Unknown.

Tales of an Empty Cabin, Lovat Dickson Limited, London UK, 1936
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Grey Owl (not Joseph Boyden)