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A Golden Leaf, haiku of D W Skrivseth $15.00
by jim kacian Date Added: Wednesday 19 April, 2017
Robert Epstein writes: “As you know, English language gendai haiku proponents have faulted much of contemporary haiku with its over-focus on nature as hackneyed, repetitive and just plain boring. I understand the point these critics are making yet I still believe that, if we humans are to survive physically and spiritually, nature must continue to remain centrally in our focus.

“[D W Skrivseth has] endeavored to do this in [his] new book. [He] write[s] sensitively, that is to say, poetically, about our integral relationship with nature. As a longtime animal (read: nonhuman) lover for more than 41 years, I am moved by the parallel [he] observe[s] between the caterpillar and [him]self. The Vietnamese Zen meditation teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, coined the term, “interbeing,” to reflect the inextricable connection we have with all other beings, including animals, insects, birds, and fish.

“Buddha taught that suffering is rooted in our attachment to, or craving for, permanence. His own realization that led to enlightenment centers on the reality of impermanence, which also points to emptiness or non-self. [Skrivseth] convey[s] the heart of Buddha’s understanding through [his] “hollyhocks” poem. The word nothingness leans a little in the direction of conceptualizing, which the simple word nothing avoids, I think, but this is primarily an editorial preference.

“All of us must come to terms with our own mortality and of those we love. The golden leaf is a leaf that has had its day; no longer green, it will be departing the tree in short order. Though nearing its end, the leaf’s golden hue is both beautiful and precious (like the metal) precisely because of its transience.

“A few haiku in the book appear flat or prosaic and might have been pruned away, allowing the stronger limbs to stand out. D W Skrivseth has written an affirming book that encourages readers to be on the lookout for their own precious golden leaf of living/dying.”

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<strong><i>A Golden Leaf</i></strong>, haiku of D W Skrivseth
Robert Epstein writes: “As you know, English language gendai ..
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