This poem by Simon Hanson was first published on The Mainichi, Japan’s National Daily, October 24, 2016. Selected by Isamu Hashimoto
Simon contacted me a couple of weeks ago and sent me over 20 haiku he thought may be suitable for musical exploration. Among them there are some of the best poems I’ve read in a long time, so if you like this one you can find more of his works in The Living Haiku Anthology and The Haiku Foundation websites.
“Simon has lived in a number of locations, stunning and gorgeous in various ways, from which he draws inspiration; including capital cities like Adelaide and Brisbane, tiny rural communities surrounded by rolling fields, the desert lands of central Australia where stars seem to outnumber the grains of sand and also lived in close proximity to the Pacific and Great Southern Oceans. He is interested in science, inclined to philosophical contemplations, sometimes indulges in mystical speculation, prone to bouts of wonder and is often swept off his feet by Beauty in its myriad forms. He has three collections of poetry, one in free form, another in collaborative rengay and most recently an eBook of haiku, Desert Stones, published by Snapshot Press. He is currently Secretary to The Australian Haiku Society.”
Seven days to make music in response to the assigned haiku: to participate visit https://www.naviarrecords.com/about/naviar-haiku
Deadline: 13th February 2019
haiku by Simon Hanson http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/poet-details/?IDclient=1463
picture by Ciaran O’Brien https://unsplash.com/@icidius