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haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering! 2nd december - Fuga no Makoto

haikaiTALKS: Japanese aesthetics - fuga no makoto - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree


host: Kala Ramesh

2nd December 2023


Japanese aesthetics: Fuga no Makoto

We repeat this nuance for one more week.



Fuga No Makoto means truth, sincerity and honesty which a haiku poet needs to aim at when writing poems.

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“When Basho talks about fuga no makoto, this is normally interpreted as poetic sincerity. However, makoto also means truths, or true words, or true things. … In terms of poets, makoto is that which springs from their magokoro (true heart, or soul). Haiku is certainly capable of (local, particular) truths. Sometimes it is capable of universal truths and that is when great haiku poems are born.

Poetic truths, then, must be a criterion against which inferior and dubious haiku poems can be weeded out. Haiku is part of the haiku poet’s way of life. Haiku is partly what he or she is. If he or she is not truthful his or her haiku cannot be good poetry. In today’s climate where haiku values are confused, it is important for us to go back to such stringent criterion as poetic truths.”

Melissa Allen

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First post: Optional You search and find a haiku that you think has Fuga no Makoto.

You'll give your reason/s why you think it has this aesthetic nuance. Second post: This will be your first haiku with Fuga no Makoto


Third post: This will be your second haiku with Fuga no Makoto

Please give your feedback on others' commentary and poems too. _()_

Have fun! Keep writing and commenting!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Dec 08, 2023

https://www.trivenihaikai.in/post/celebration

Haiku, haibun, and tanka-prose nominations for the red moon anthology are up at Celebration!

Check it out!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Dec 08, 2023

No more attempts? Just a day more!


and no comments on others' poems?

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
Dec 14, 2023
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🩷🩷

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Dec 05, 2023

Thanks, Keiko:


parijat for Devi

mother offers

the fallen ones

Kala Ramesh, India


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parijat for Devi

mother offers

only the fallen ones


Kala Ramesh, India

#2


I see wabi here and mono no aware in fuga no makoto.

Yes?

parijat is an autumn kigo word in India.

Feedback is most welcome.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Dec 05, 2023
Replying to

Thank you, Keiko and Lakshmi. Posted the revised version on top. _()_

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Dec 05, 2023

4/12/23 3rd post feedback welcome spill of light the spider's shadow touches the ragdoll


Marilyn Ashbaugh, USA




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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Dec 08, 2023
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Linda,

Thank you!

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mona bedi
mona bedi
Dec 04, 2023

Post #2

5.12.23


winter breeze —

a fluffed up pigeon rests

on the clothesline


Feedback appreciated:)

Mona Bedi

India

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mona bedi
mona bedi
Dec 14, 2023
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Thanks ☺️

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