This issue of Woodnotes appears to be the first one to include tanka—two of them, by Brent Partridge and Catalina Cariaga (tanka would not appear again until issue #12, but they appeared in every issue after that). This was also the longest issue yet, ballooning to 28 pages and 75 haiku and senryu. Two essays also appeared, “Zen and the Art of Direct Seeing: Cultivating the Haiku Moment” by me and “Tones of Haiku: Yugen” by Tom Arima. Tom, who also used the pen name Manzen, would contribute one other essay to Woodnotes (in issue #9) on Japanese aesthetic terms that he called tones in haiku. Plans for Woodnotes to publish additional essays from Tom on the tones of haiku were unfortunately never fulfilled.
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