Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's a while ago that I posted a Carpe Diem Preview so this is a challenge for me. As I have told you already our Specials for July 2013 are all haiku written by Jane Reichhold. Several of you, my dear friends, have asked me to choose Jane Reichhold for the Specials and I am excited to tell you all that Jane has given me permission to use her haiku. And she has written more than 5000 haiku, so I can search in her data-base and read all her wonderful haiku. I have read almost all her haiku which she shares on AHA Poetry, her own website and belief me ... that's a lot of time. (All the Haiku in this Preview are (c) by Jane Reichhold).
the brightness of a blue sky
full of stars
This for example is in my opinion a masterpiece ... she caught the essence of a night without modern lights, only the stars to brighten her path ... awesome. I love to tell you a little bit more about Jane Reichhold and how I discovered her work.
|Credits: Jane Reichhold|
Jane was born in 1937 in Lima Ohio (US), studied arts and journalism and has three children. In 1963 she started to write free-lance articles and poetry and published all over the world. In 1979 she starts publishing haiku books (and she wrote a lot of haiku (and tanka) books) and founded AHA Books, Publishing Company in 1987.
In 1995 she brought her AHA Books Publishing Company on the worldwide web.
Jane has written a lot of Haiku (and Tanka) books and is a honored member of several haiku Societies. In 1998 she was honored by the Emperor and Empress of Japan by invitation to attend the Imperial New Year's Poetry Party at the Palace in Tokyo.
How did I discover Jane Reichhold? As I started haiku writing back in the late eighties I became a big fan of the Haiku written by Matsuo Basho and I decided to read all of his haiku. That brought me to Jane Reichhold, she has written a booklet with all the Haiku written by Basho, and Basho wasn't that productive. He wrote about 1250 haiku and there are several known haiku written by Basho for which it isn't sure that they have been written by him.
In the beginning of this century I was preparing a series of lessons for children in writing haiku and again I needed Jane Reichhold. Jane has worked with children and has prepared a series of lessons in which children learn to write haiku.
So I think Jane and I are walking almost together on the path of Haiku. And that's why I am so excited that I (finally) can honor her for all her work for us haiku poets by making her the haiku poetess for the Specials of Carpe Diem in July.
balanced at dawn
a full moon slides into the sea
I will share here the little interview with Jane Reichhold which I had in my first e-mail contact with her. I asked her a few questions about haiku and e.g. when she started with writing haiku. (In light blue written my reaction on her answers).
2.) Which classical haiku-master or haiku-poet do you like the most? My role-model is Matsuo Basho.
JR: I would agree with you there. I read and studied every translation of his work I could find. By working with Hatsue Kawamura on our own translations of Japanese tanka, I was finally able to do my own translations of all of Basho’s haikai which was published by Kodansha as Basho The Complete Haiku. Anyone reading the book, and especially the notes, would understand how and why I admire Basho so much. (KP. I have read her essay 'The Old Pond', Matsuo Basho's almost One Thousand Haiku. That was a revelation and my first contact with her work).
3.) I have read wonderful haiku written by you, but do you have a particular haiku written by you, which is your special favorite?
4.) A last question: I write in Kanshicho-style. Are you familiar with that style which was used several years by Basho? Do you like that style?
JR: I never heard of Basho’s Kanshicho-style unless this name has been given to the poems he wrote in the Chinese style. Can you point me to some works mentioning this. A Google search only brings up your name. (KP. Henri Kerlen, a Dutch researcher, has written a anthology of haiku by Basho (in Dutch: Geluid van Water; Tr.: Sound of Water) and in his preface to that anthology he mentioned the Kanshicho-style. He described it as 'In the Way of Chinese Poetry', so I think Jane is right. I love that nice name Kanshicho ... so I prefer to call the haiku 'In the Way of Chinese Poetry', Kanshicho)
Well ... friends that was my little interview with Jane Reichhold I have already send her my thanks for the permission to use her haiku for our next month Specials and I hope she will visit our weblog and maybe leaves a haiku ... (keep on dreaming Kris). For closure I love to share another few haiku by Jane Reichhold.
raising his foot
a crane scatters stars
sunk in the pond
washed by snow
sinking into darkness
the painted blue sky
becomes a kite
All wonderful examples of Jane Reichholds more then 5000 haiku. All are little gems, little crystals and little diamonds. It's like I have found my Pirate Treasure ... the haiku by Jane.
I am looking forward to July in which I will share more nice haiku written by Jane Reichhold in our Specials of that month and I hope you all, my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers, will enjoy it with me.
A last word: Dear Jane Reichhold, thank you for all those wonderful haiku you have written. And thank you that I may use them for my weblog's month July Specials.