Sunday, July 5, 2015

I'm back?

Today am seeing what happens if I start posting to my blog again. I haven't been drawing much. Mostly just writing words and recording the temperature and weather in my journal.

Because I knew I would be posting a picture of the poem you see above, I tried a little harder on the lettering. Which, interestingly, made it come out not as likable as the letters I don't try so hard on. A good lesson there.

Basho was a Japanese poet who lived from 1644 to 1694. While on a months-long walking journey in 1682, he developed a style of poetry called haibun. According the the Poetry Foundation, "the imagery in haibun follows two paths: the external images observed en route, and the internal images that move through the traveler's mind during the journey."

I came across this poem in the Man Booker Prize-winning novel I am reading called, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" by Richard Flanagan. It turns out the title of this book is also the title of a book of poetry that Basho published. Although, this new book is about Australian POWs held by the Japanese in World War II. I am reading it as fast as I can because it's so sad and gross.

What's on your summer reading list?

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