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August 28, 2005

no welcome mat for Katrina

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 7:23 pm

With Hurricane Katrina heading straight at New Orleans, the f/k/a gang send

our best wishes and hopes to all the affected people — especially to our haiku

friend Prof. David G. Lanoue, at Xavier University, and to Ernie.  Neither David’s

Issa website nor XU’s homepage have been accessible this afternoon.   I was

hoping to find a few poems on rain storms and floods, but couldn’t get to the

Issa search engine.   You can, however, click here for a page of typhoon/hurricane

haiku from a 1999 Shiki Kukai contest.


HKatrina  Luckily, I had a handful of almost-relevant haiku by

Kobayashi Issa stashed on my computer:


speaking truth
the rainy season’s crack
of thunder





lightning flash–
the astonished face
of the dog








lightning flash–
not giving a damn
the toad’s face









big rain
big moon
cicada in the pine







the day is devilishly



translated by David G. Lanoue







         on the freeway–
the skywriting drifts






                                                                                                                     stormclouds neg

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