Sound of Celebration

I have been crazy busy getting ready for IB’s celebration for his trip to Japan (The party is Saturday). I just finished the stairs….Basho’s famous haiku complete with kanji. Ever since the Soiled opening at our house and their mission statement on our stairs, I have been fascinated with the visual possibilities of this space. No better cause than IB’s imminent journey to Japan to experiment.

I put One Hundred Frogs by Hiroake Sato on the stair wall, available to peruse as well. This book is filled with an abundance of translations and interpretations of this haiku (Robert Aiken’s translation is on our steps). It’s delightfully provocative to explore the possible inferences and riffs, from ancient times to present day, on these three short lines.

More on this later.
Many things to clean and cook.
Journeys need marking.

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7 Responses to Sound of Celebration

  1. Jerome Bloom says:

    JAN

    I

    LOVE

    YOUR

    LEAPING

    INTO

    PONDS

  2. Jerome Bloom says:

    HAIKU

    CAME

    TOME

    VIA

    MYMOTHER

    A
    QUIETPOET

    WHO

    WROTE SOME

    READ MORE

    AT

    18

    SHE

    SENT

    ME

    HER

    HAIKUS

    AND

    I
    FOUND

    BASHO

    OR

    BASHO FOUND ME

    AND

    I

    FROGGY ( K.I. CALLS BASHOS FROG FROGGY)

    AND

    LEAPED

    AND LEAPED

  3. Mrs. Chili says:

    This makes me indescribably happy. I wish we lived closer to one another…

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  5. KG Waite says:

    I love everything about this blog – the poetry, the photography, the humor. All so beautiful.

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