Here we go hardcore Renga fans: the promised scans. Scan0449 Scan0450
I’m in Kilcunda for a week. Patterns in sand and rock remind me of Suminagashi, which in turn somehow reminds me of Renga. I can’t find any decent examples of the latter on the net, so when I get home I’ll scan a gooden by Basho and his mates and add it to this blog. Some … More The Narrow Road To Deepest Gippsland.
My sole experience of Indian poetry is a collection of short work by ‘medieval’ Hindhu saints and seekers I read some twenty years back. I know Tagore won a Nobel, but that’s it. Here’s some links to him, and a couple of others chosen more or less randomly. Can anybody out there help? http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/country/cou_info_item/2680/27/Links-India http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/tribute_to_sachin_tendulkar_759849 … More Confession
I’m in the country for a week, solo,no telvision, so lots of looking at sky and ocean. Some walking, the usual exercise and meditation routines. This seems a good time to introduce two quite different haiku masters. Masoaka Shiki was a traditionalst who saught to update the classical form and make it suitable for contemporary … More Seventeen ‘syllables’, or less…
Clive James reckons he’s ‘suspect’. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/disillusionment-ten-oclock http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174503 https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/surface-things http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172209 http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/stevens/bio.htm This is by far his most anthologised piece. It’s nothing like his best, but hearing a poet do his stuff can be enlightening.
Punk was something other people did. I was listening to German electronics.I didn’t need beer and speed. I was pissed every day and every Saturday I WAS speed: an angry young man given a brand new cricket ball and a licence to split heads. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/bbc-radio-4-puts-punk-poetry-in-comedy-schedule-with-new-shows-from-john-cooper-clarke-and-alexei-a6875251.html https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/got-punked-rebellious-verse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk_literature#Poetry
In 1984 I received a phone call from the editor of Poetry Australia, the late Phillip Benham, asking me to contribute to a Young Poets edition linked vaguely to The Generation of ’68. Cue a week Sydney on the piss. The launch was a blur of ballpoints and The Laughing Clowns. A day hungover at … More The Generation of ’68.
Rumi may be read as just another in a long line of religious loons, not confined to Islam by any means, for whom the real world is somewhere else. Anywhere but this planet.
Terrific Book. ‘It crackles with energy’ is tabloid and I’m not above using it. https://overland.org.au/2011/09/a-voice-that-demands-to-be-heard/