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Haiku in West Coast Poetics: What Kigo?

By Judy Halebsky


When I attended the Meguro International Haiku Circle last year, I asked for ideas for presentation topics. Someone suggested that I explain why poets in the U.S. are not overly concerned with kigo. Coming from a lineage of California poets influenced by haiku and Japanese poetry, I am not sure if I understand the subtleties of this challenge. However, the question of kigo brings up a larger issue: the cultural translation of haiku in the work of English language poets. Today, I would like to touch on the issues that have shaped how free verse poets in California translate haiku both as a text and as a creative practice. Article excerpt

Topics: Haiku, Poetry, Japanese Poetry, Japanese Studies, Poetry
Publisher: Dominican Scholar
Year: 2014
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