February 17, 2015 § 10 Comments
barefoot in the snow
i am alive!
Written after Issa…
Issa (1762-1826) is one of the most well known haiku poets. He was a Buddhist priest, and spent many years simply wandering about Japan. I enjoy his work as he clearly loved to play with words and to make fun of both himself and the human condition. Although he used traditional images like cherry blossom and so on, his sense of humour and wonderfully eccentric imagination led to some great haiku: “here comes a bush warbler!/ wiping his dirty feet/ on the plum blossom”. His work can be both coarse or rough, yet exquisite at the same time. An inspiring and timeless poet.