2003, Volume 1, Number 6
Review: Old Pajamas, Biting the Buddha, Blue
by Robert Wilson
pen name "old pajamas' is the author of Biting
published by Blue Cottage Press.
books of modern haiku by non-Japanese writers do not impress me.
Many lack the ephemeral haiku spirit, say little, and are not indelible.
. . . Simply said, they are not memorable.
The Buddha is not such a book. Old Pajamas has a distinct voice.
His haiku, powerful, soulful, and truly original. After reading
his book, several of the images he painted with words continue to
speak to me.
Pajamas--what a moniker--goes to the heart of whatever subject he
is writing about, peeling away all layers until he has a haiku that
is lean, simple, yet complex.
haiku are worth studying, especially for a person new to writing
haiku. I heartily recommend Biting The Buddha. It is a good read.
It is not a book that will gather dust on your bookshelf. You'll
want to read it again and again.
Here are some
haiku from the book:
Such a look on your face
Biting the Buddha!
Under the street
A light rain falls otherwise
While I dream
A children's song
Through the bullet-riddled
From my lips
rises the full moon
To stare at her white belly
At the crossroads
Do my evening prayers
Get by the hawks?
More than ever flies gather
In the horse stall
The night is
Even his mouth at my breasts
Cannot hold the tears
I will die with beauty
In my one good eye
The night wind
Above the ice
A fawn's head, the moon passing
In its eyes
Across the marsh
All life flies on the wind
Of a new year
by Robert D. Wilson
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