Bagley Wright Lecture
From Haiku to Collage: A Body Based Poetic, Bagley Wright Lecture, 2016
I was honored to give a Bagley Wright lecture at Hugo House in Seattle in February of 2016. These blog posts introduce some of the ideas that I discussed at the talk:
Below is the handout with a bibliography that accompanies the lecture.
From Haiku to Collage, A Body Based Poetics
Bagley Wright Lecture, February 28, 2016
Hugo House, Seattle
Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694
Travel Journal: Oku No Hosomichi, おくのほそ道
Narrow Road to Far Away Places or Narrow Road to the Interior
"The months and days are the travelers of eternity. The years that come and go are also voyagers. Those who float away their lives on ships or who grow old leading horses are forever journeying, and their homes are wherever their travels take them. Many of the men of old died on the road, and I too for years past have been stirred by the sight of a solitary cloud drifting with the wind to ceaseless thoughts of roaming." (translated by Donald Keene, 1996)
Basho's temporary shelter haiku:
In this world/our life passes/temporary shelter
Yo ni furu mo/sarani Sogi no /yadori kana
In this world, our life passes/ indeed, as Sogi says / temporary shelter
Yo ni furu mo/sara ni shigure no/yadori kana
To live in this world
is as short as the period we spend
sheltering from a cold winter shower(trans. Toshiharu Oseko)
Basho's teachings as recorded by his students
Ku-zukuri ni, naru to suru to ari.
In making a poem, to become, to do, or to exist.
Mono no mie-taru hikari.
To see something in a flash of light.
Matsu no koto wa matsu ni narae, take no koto wa take ni narae
For pine trees, study pine trees, for bamboo study bamboo
Hass, Robert. The Essential Haiku : Versions of Bashō, Buson, and Issa. Hopewell, N.J.: Ecco Press, 1994. Print.
Kacian, Jim, Philip Rowland, and Allan Burns, eds. Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. New York: Norton, 2013. Print.
"Matsuo Basho's Frog Pond (30 translations)." Bureau of Public Secrets.Web. <http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/basho-frog.htm>.
Sato, Hiroaki. Bashō's Narrow Road : Spring & Autumn Passages : Two Works. Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press, 1996. Print.
Oseko, Toshiharu. Basho's Haiku: Literal Translations with Grammatical Analysis and Explanatory Notes. 1 &2 Vol. Maruzen Co., Tokyo, Japan.: Oseko Toshiharu, 1990. Print.
Perloff, Marjorie. “Collage and Poetry” Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly. New York: Oxford U Press, 1998. Also online: http://marjorieperloff.com/essays/collage-poetry/
Shirane, Haruo. Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Bashō. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1998. Print.
Ueda, Makoto. Basho and His Interpreters. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1992. Print.