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otata 15 (March, 2017)

— and from otata’s bookshelf —

Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, much of it


Otata will come again
one day
late fall in the mountains

— Santoka as translated by Burton Watson

Otata mo aru hi wa kite kureru yama no aki fukaku

As Watson notes, “Otata was a woman who went around selling fish in the area of Santoka’s cottage in Matsuyama.”


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—John Martone

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  1. Reblogged this on "Ama no gawa" and commented:
    I sincerely thank John Martone for publishing two of my haiku on Otata 15, March Issue.
    With me include also haijin: Antonio Mangiameli, #DavidMcMurray, Christina Sng, Lucia Fontana, Angiola Inglese, Margherita Petriccione and others.
    Congratulations to all!


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