A Few Words

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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.

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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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