Seeing Through the TV Screen to Japan Circa 1810*


  1. Melissa Allen
    Melissa Allen March 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm .

    Or Lorrie Moore's. 😉 Anyway, what I was going to say was this is a really resonant haiku, and also thanks for reminding me of that haiku of Issa's, which is one of my favorites.

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm .

    I mean Mary McCarthy&#39;s <i>Birds of America</i>, of course, not Audubon&#39;s!

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm .

    I actually posted a slightly different version of this in the comment stream at the Hut. On &quot;unnatural&quot; moons: at the end of <i>Birds of America</i>, if I remember right, the main character, Peter Levi, has a dream in which Kant appears to him and says, &quot;Nature is dead, <i>mein liebchen</i>.&quot; So you may be on to something….

  4. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato March 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm .

    Joseph,<br /><br />I like this! I wonder if &quot;season words&quot; have to be modified in our age to reflect these sorts of unnatural &quot;hazy&quot; moons, landscapes.<br /><br />See Don&#39;s &quot;Issa&#39;s Untidy Hut&quot; for another fabulous Issa haiku, eerily applicable to contemporary Japan.

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