The haiku of O Mabson Southard
Mabson Southard and Chiyo-ni:
Masters of Buddhist Tradition
more I study haiku, the more I love it. This may seem like
a generalization, but it's the best way I know to describe
it. Two years ago, my idea of what a haiku was was still limited
to the concept of a juvenile forced 5-7-5 syllable sequence
associated with beatnik poets and bongos.
the past nine months, I have been exposed to the rich heritage
that surrounds haiku. Japanese Zen traditions and American
English-language haiku influences, poetic artistry and reserved
minimalism, one-liners, rengay, haibun . . .
are not simple little poems that our high school teachers
tried to tell us they were. Haiku is an ancient and rich poetic
genre, which varies as greatly as any other poetic tradition.
Haiku are the ultimate short story, telling the reader everything
that the reader needs to know in as few words as possible,
allowing the reader's imagination to take flight. Every word
carries the importance of a chapter, every punctuation mark
that of a paragraph.
haiku are selected from my writings to date. However, most
were written for Global Haiku Tradition at Millikin University
in the Spring semester of 2002.
Poetry of Brock Peoples
poetry gives readers feelings of tragedy, humor, transcendence,
and happiness all in one. His poetry gives insight into the
feelings that many teenagers go through with love, relationaships,
religion, fishing, work, play and survival.
one sense his poetry reveals an uncertainty about life and
recognition of his finitude. On another hand, he seems very
certain of things such as his purpose and what is and is not
meaningful to him. He shares all of this with a receptive
reader who enjoys very much reading his poetry and conversing
with him to place his poetry in some sort of context after
the reader has experienced his/her version of the moment.
My favorite poem by Brock is the following:
hits the window
is an element of fun and humor here serving as tension with
the serious and academic which makes the reader question what
is more importanttime in the sun with friends and laughs
or academic work? The answer to the tension is left up to
the reader alone as Brock merely presents the tension.