November 2003, Volume 1, Number 5

 

Esther Theiler

Since she was seventeen she has been attracted to Japanese poetry. It offers intense aesthetic pleasure, melancholy, quick illumination, exquisite and acute rendering of the world as perceived through the senses, interwoven as a matter of course and with perfect simplicity with the super-sensory world. For all these reasons and more she returned again and again to those few collections of such verse as she possesses. She has often felt moved by access to the hearts and minds of these poets of the Manyoshu, the Kokinshu and onwards, and wished to continue the conversation they began. She has written on and off for the last 20 odd years, but in the last few years has attempted a more serious study and practice of haiku and its related forms. Her haiku has been published in paper wasp, World Haiku Review, Famous Reporter, Yellow Moon and others. In addition her short stories and essays have been published in Tirra Lirra.

slow rain
a hundred blades of grass
twitch

it must be spring
blowfly
at the kitchen window

grass stalks tall
in the lowering sun
another wasted afternoon

shadows on the grass
grazing,
moving on

even the rocks
seem saturated
everywhere the drip of water

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