A Hunt for Haiku
In A Hunt for Haiku you will find haiku that has stemmed from occurrences that I have witnessed for myself while hunting, fishing, camping, or anything else that I may do while being outdoors. It is important to note that the concept that I have attempted to use is that of sabi, or the state of aloneness. When I say aloneness, I do not mean the kind of aloneness that contemporary Westerners associate with sadness and depression, but rather the state of aloneness that Matsuo Basho instituted into some of his greatest haiku centuries ago. For one to be able to experience this state, it must be quiet, he or she must be focused, still, and observant. The instances that are witnessed can be anything from the call of a dove to a fight amongst squirrels. It is the observation of seeing something so tiny and finite in the huge expanse of the universe completing the one task that it was put here to do. One thing is for certain: without instituting this concept and being out in the natural world, all sorts of beautiful and simple, yet complex and horrifying, occurrences will be missed.
Much of the style, aspiration, and guidance in the writing of this haiku has come from Robert Spiess and his excellent execution of the concept of sabi in his book, The Turtle’s Ears.
Dillon Damarin is a Sophomore Management major at Millikin University that was born and raised in Central Illinois. He loves to be outdoors whether he is hunting, hiking, or camping. Dillon has titled his collection “A Hunt for Haiku.” This is because much of the inspiration for his haiku comes from occurrences that he has observed while doing the things that he loves. Much of his inspiration and guidance for his haiku has come from Robert Spiess’ work in his book The Turtle’s Ears.