World Haiku Series 2019 (30)
Haiku by David McMurray
McMurray and haiku friends in Matsuyama
in the flower seller’s hands
a few scented coins
Looking for the moon
in a lonely winter sky
the island lighthouse
Photo Haiku 3:
faces we once knew
flowers took their names
just enough snow to bend
light echoes across
light steals across roof tiles
slides through paper doors
blind masseuse’s hands
how the valley curves
at the rising moon
Harley bike kick-starts
…po potato… potato…
moon all down the street
Railway crossing gates
stop the full autumn moon
from passing on by
I learned to touch
I learned to feel
Turning to the page
in the man’s holy bible
–Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Here is a photo of David McMurray and Hidenori Hiruta
at the International University of Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on November 3, 2015
David McMurray teaches haiku at the International University of Kagoshima in Japan.
Master and PhD level students in his graduate school seminar actively experiment with photo-haiku.
McMurray writes the Asahi Haikuist Network column at http://www.asahi.com/ajw/special/haiku/ and judges the Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest.
David is Winner of an R.H. Blyth Book Award from the World Haiku Club and received the Winning Prize in a Kyoto International Cultural Association Essay Contest from the Japan Foundation and Kyoto University International Center.
Here are photos at the haiku meeting in Akita Prefecture, Japan, on October 24-26, 2014
David McMurray and six students of his participated in the international haiku conference held at the Akita International University in celebration of the 29th National Cultural Festival in Akita 2014.
Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!
Dr. Akito Arima, the president of the Haiku International Association, addressed academics in an effort to convince them that haiku should be added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Dr. Arima reassured students in the audience that haiku can be composed by everyone, from the man in the street to the likes of Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, the Nobel laureate of literature in 2011 who penned at age 23: disappearing deep in his inner greenness/ artful and hopeful.
Later in his career he penned in Swedish:
My happiness swelled
and the frogs sang in the bogs
By stressing that haiku can deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose the poem, he garnered support for his idea that “haiku can help make the world peaceful.”
3 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (30) Haiku by David McMurray”
lovely work . . .
It’s my pleasure to read these wonderful haiku.
Thank you McMurray-san!