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Sunday 16th January, 2005
The benchmark.
Basho the Haiku Master's imagery echoes one aspect in the combined Torah chapters Bo-Va’era, being read this week. He sees:

Becoming-Frog, Becoming-Locust
The old frog leaps
Into the silent pool
Splash!

As far as writing, this is a benchmark in any haiku construction.
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Saturday 01st January, 2005
Isaiah and Tsunami
The fateful Tsunami Sunday was at the start of the weekly Prophets portion, read in Jewish synagogues, containing Chapter 28 from Isaiah. Anyone reading the admonitions and implorations of the great prophet had to have noticed the following hair-raising verses.

The end of verse 2:
“as a flow of mighty waters overflowing”

in verse 15:
“the overflowing scourge shall pass through”

in verse 17:
“and the waters shall overflow the hiding place”

echoed in length by verse 18:
“And your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Netherworld shall not stand, when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it.”
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Thursday 30th December, 2004
Kafkaesque Irony, Middle East style.
Raeeda, a college graduate, could not find decent employment in Jordan. Using her savings she did what many other Jordanians and the West Bank Arabs do – sneak into Israel for social benefits and free medical care. Using her tourist visa, given freely to Jordanians, she made her way to Tel Aviv’s ...read more
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Wednesday 15th September, 2004
Koran to Poets:

Another pearl of advice for poets from the mighty, glorious, just Koran:

Said he: You believe in him before I give you permission; most surely he is the chief of you who taught you the magic, so you shall know: certainly I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and certainly I will crucify you all.

Koran, Poets, sura 26.49.
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Thursday 09th September, 2004
HUP: The Haiku Uncertainty Principle.
The official requirement that an English haiku have the 5-7-5 syllables does not quite make it a haiku.

We don’t speak Japanese, the ideal medium for haikus, for transmitting the ideograms, ideas and Japanese cultural metaphors.

We don’t have cultural metaphors that are short enough to have either 5 or 7 syllables and at the same time artistic. (“ Pop goes the weasel” “Annie get your gun” –maybe?)

Though I’ve been working on the concept of Neohaiku, it still suffers from wordiness. But it might grasp the sense of haiku formula –not the syllable formula—the three object structure. That means that the haiku should have a set up, an attribution and a delivery.

From the Haiku clinic (http://www.poetrylives.com/SimplyHaiku/SHv2n3/haikuclinic/haikuclinic.html)--
A Riddle type, free of the syllable formula:

deepening night
shadows the tips
of bat wings

An Emotion type, also free of the formula:

Chapel walk--
last semester's papers
scattered on the bricks.

I think had these haikus been massaged into the 5-7-5 syllable formula, the flavor of the situation would have fizzed out.

To check with translations of the haiku masters (of the 17 century), like Bosho:

Waterjar cracks:
I lie awake
This icy night.

Lightning:
Heron's cry
Stabs the darkness

Sick on a journey:
Over parched fields
Dreams wander on.

Again, no formula, only the 3 object structure in English. In Japanese they would still use the 17 character format, a visually pleasing arrangement of their ideograms. Which must be Katakana and Hiragana.


Does anyone know if Kanji, being whole-word ideograms, are ever used in Haiku?


Then I come back to the HUP: why use the syllable formula in English?
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Tuesday 07th September, 2004
Einstein and Eurorelativity

Finally found an Einstein gem that captures the relativity of the European moral values.

Nowadays they are applied to everything, resulting in the definitions of terrorsm, globalism, history, Iraq, USA, Bush, Michael Moore and all things controversial being rewritten.

In 1922, Einstein gave a lecture at Sorbonne, opening it with this:

If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
7:34 AM | 14 comments | #


Sunday 05th September, 2004
Glorious Verses
In the Muslim viewpoint, the world is divided into two regions — those areas controlled by Islam, called Dar al-Islam (meaning the House of Islam) and those called Dar al-Harb (the House of War).
The Glorious Koran commands Mus­lims to fight non-Muslims until they exterminate all other religions, leaving Islam as the one and only religion in the world (Suras 2:193 and 8:39).

Muhammad is quoted as saying, “I have been ordered to fight with the people until they say, none has the right to be worshiped but Allah” (Hadith 4:196).

And the definition of terror -- Allah orders Muslims to terrorize non-Muslims on his behalf: “Strike terror(sic!)into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies” (Sura 8:60).

Allah then assures his followers that he will assist them: “I will instill terror into the hearts of unbelievers. Smite them above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. It is not you who slay them, it is Allah” (Sura 8:12, 17).
4:35 PM | 2 comments | #


Thursday 02nd September, 2004
Namaste vs. Signatures
I think the hyperphilosophical signatures irritate people, subconcsiously.

"Our mind is a piece of paper,...
and our experiance(sic!) is our pen...
We begin to write at birth...
and we publish when we die..."

"The essence of the beauty of the glory of the sunset is the manifestation of the station in life that is the personification of our transformation..." (my pun)

Thanks, I'll take Namaste anytime.
12:52 AM | 8 comments | #


Wednesday 25th August, 2004
Avatar Readings
Well, the Caption Blogs give way to the Avatar Readings.
I used to write profiling reports. Here, I draw on that profiling to find the hidden best in the avatars and guess what they say and how they compliment the writers they represent.

To start, look at the Teflon's avatar.
Right away you see something stuck in the 50's nostalgia, the careless laugh and the cowlick suggesting a scatterbrained misfit.

Strong indication of same in the writings: the cacophony of images, annoying titles that must have been thought up by the late Latka (may he rest in peace), the anachronistic ABABCC rhyme serving to relate half-baked thoughts. Most likely he is a college campus hippy wearing sweaters made of cat hair and eating organically grown tofu spiked with fenugreek.
4:51 PM | 39 comments | #


Thursday 19th August, 2004
Caption Blogs
How about posting interesting pictures with a running blog of captions?
4:53 AM | 26 comments | #


Tuesday 03rd August, 2004
Server Down, The Aftermath
Personally. I learned something about my activity on Lit.org and Internet in general. During those several days that the site was "off the air," I understood the diffference between the need and the addiction. I think I was addicted to the interaction with others, but needed to read and submit.
4:03 PM | 35 comments | #





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