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Franz Wright and Haiku

posted Jun 13, 2016, 4:52 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 10:36 AM ]
The late Franz Wright seems to have been attracted to haiku poetry. In addition to a short book of Buson translations, examples of his interest in haiku include two new additions to the Poems About Haiku page. They are “Passing Scenes (While Reading Bashō)” and “Three Bashō Haibun.” The three haibun are translations, so perhaps they don’t belong in the Poems About Haiku section, but they do at least underscore Wright’s interest in haiku. If you know of more examples of Wrights exploration of haiku, please let me know. I love the Bashō allusion at the end of “Passing Scenes.”