Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3

Modern Haiga

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Sakuo Nakamura ~ haiga

little straw mat
This is Basho's haiku: wild sea—lying over Sado island the galaxy.
This sight is a grand but distant landscape, like a post card. But Issa gives a near view: the big heaven in a small kettle.
Moreover Basho lay the galaxy horizontally, but Issa put Heaven's River slantwise, making possible more distance in the view.

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