Notes On Attention Paid

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The Essential Haiku, Notes

… reading the notes, i learn or confirm that…

  • Basho was most likely gay
  • cuckoo = summer
  • squid = summer
  • Japanese haiku are full of nuances that don’t translate… thus, the book that is on it’s way, featuring multiple translations of single haiku…
  • chrysanthemum = fall
  • chrysanthemum is competitively cultivated in Japan, is associated with purity and the royal family of Edo