A Few Words


To clarify a possible confusion; the poetry on this blog is not ‘haiku’ but my own terse form.

‘haiku’ has a tradition, a long evolving form, which I do not attempt to match. Perhaps Basho is the greatest ‘haiku’ poet, perhaps Buson or even Issa?

I favour Santoka because his free form comes closest to life. In doing so it comes closest to my verse.

My attempts are an expression of the moment that is written; what is present right there to the senses and any stray fragments of thought.

Each poem is published with a photo (generally my own) reflecting something of the written moment.

Neither taking the photo nor writing the poetry requires effort and I hope no effort is required in reading these verses.

Thank you to all who take time to read and ‘like’ these poems, I hope they give something of the natural wonder of these forested hills through the seasons and thoughts that accompany them.


About Jamie Nicol

Living in the forested hills of Catalonia, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Zen teacher, recovering philosopher, small-scale natural farmer. Writing just what comes.
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