October 30, 2009
"I READ OCTOBER 28--SOME VERY GOOD HAIKU AND TANKU, BUT WHAT IS MAKING YOU DO THIS? YOU WILL HAVE TO LET US KNOW EACH DAY."
Sanford made good sense, being that what I am doing online is different, personal, revealing, and different from any English Language Japanese short form poetry blog or journal. So Sanford, here it goes, as you suggested:
Says reknown Japanese poet and translator, Eiko Yachimoto about her visit to the Wonderland Amusement Park:
"I felt as if you were fishing with the line going down into your mind and heart. thank you for sharing."
I just feel like doing it. More people will read this than my book, I won't live forever, and I want my poetic voice validated and appreciated. I have a style that is completely different than others and who knows, maybe more will be inspired to write and reveal real life, (from the inside out) just as you, I, and a few others do. I'm not the average bear, don't fit into a mold, people think I'm eccentric, and I am. but then again, true artists (which includes poets) are thought of as strange ducks anyways because we more often than not march to different drummers, couldn't be macho if our lives depended on it, and hell, what can I say, I've yet to hang out or be part of a group of poets who are not sensitive, emotional, could never be a model Fuller Brush Salesperson, have egos. Most people, at least in America, like to hang out with like types, people who mirror what they want to see and here, and when one deviates from the accepted norm, there is a price to pay. AND if you deviate from the poets you associate with, you run the risk of considered an enigma, anathema, avoided and talked about behind your back. I've tried a good part of my life to fit in and I never could. Whatever I've done, wherever I've gone, I manage to stand out. And NO, I don't intentionally cultivate this image. " I am." "Who are you?" "I am." "You are what?" "I AM."