May 2017

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otata 17 (May 2017)

— from otata’s bookshelf —

Gary Hotham, Fifteen Haiku

Please Note: The June otata will be devoted to John Levy’s

Visits with Robert Lax in Greece (1984 & 1985)

The editor will next consider submissions for the July issue.


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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2 thoughts on “May 2017

  1. Reblogged this on "Ama no gawa" and commented:
    Delighted to be present on this issue of Otata with six of my haiku.
    Thank you very much, John Martone!

    unexpected —
    scent of primroses
    in the fog

    peach flowers –
    kids at school are
    much more distracted

    rewakening –
    a lantern flies softly
    in the wind

    after Memorial Day –
    Anne’s diary
    back in a drawer

    drowsy city…
    a bee buzzes alone
    on the pinwheels

    March wind
    the mood of my son
    promises rain

    Elisa Allo


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