Friday, February 27, 2009

Fay-san's haiku spirit

Originally uploaded by jhhymas
I found out this week that the person I think writes the best, freshest and most interesting haiku now going has a web presence! It features some of her own haiku, as well as her frequent translations of samples of the best contemporary haiku being written in Japan today. Fay is awesomely bilingual, having been educated in Japan and having lived in the USA for many years while making her living as a much-sought-after simultaneous translator.
If you have any interest in haiku or tanka at all (or even if you don't think you do, having only seen the boring kind) check out Fay Aoyagi's website and click around for samples of her work and her English translations of contemporary Japanese haiku and tanka. If you read Japanese, you can read it here, too!
This is a photo of Fay reading haiku at our Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Christmas party in 2006. The photographer in the lower right is noted haiku author Paul O. Williams.

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