Thursday, May 12, 2005

Introducing Basho

Basho is one of the olden and best Haiku masters, though Issa remains my favorite. It's common to use his haiku (and that of the other old masters) with current images, but this is the first time I've tried this. I usually write my own haiku in my haigas. This one I couldn't resist, though. Thanks to Sue Baker Wilson for the use of a corner (digitally modified) of a photo she took of a graveyard near her home in Katikati , New Zealand.

7 comments:

Berenice said...

Eerie and effective! B xx

Pris said...

Thanks, B, for taking a look and commenting.

Geoff said...

Good to see you still in there, fighting, still blogging away. Matsuo Basho is one of my all-time favourite writers; I love his clear-eyed, unsentimental approach in his journal 'Narrow Road to the Deep North'. In fact, you share his clear-eyed humour!

Michael Parker said...

I like the photo and the haiku.

Pris said...

Thanks Anonymous Geoff...yes, isn't he good?
Michael. Thanks for commenting. I have Sue to thank for the original photo. She's been sending me graveyard angels and I've made quite a few haiga from those, but the corner of the cemetary caught my eye on this one.

Slight Clutter said...

Thanks for sharing this, Pris. It packs a powerful punch.

Pris said...

Hi Princess
Glad this had meaning for you.
Pris