Haiku are pretty awesome. The simpler the form, the more difficult to do well, in my opinion. I think it's cool that you've been writing them. I've tried in the past, but it always seemed that I was just imitating the Japanese. Now, if I could continue to honor the tradition, but somehow personalize it--that would be something! I'm certainly not enough of a poet to pull it off, though.
I rarely read essays, although I sometimes like to hear author's thoughts on other authors. I like literary criticism if it's not too technical, but...nonfiction. Not my thing.
: I've almost finished 'There Is Simply Too
: Much to Think About', the collected essays
: of Saul Bellow. I have skipped some of them,
: and few of the essays written after 1980
: have interested me much, but some of the
: earlier ones interested me a lot. There are
: some very interesting comments on Joyce.
: I'm halfway through A Suitable Boy and I'm
: enjoying it very well. I seem to have had
: some connection to India for a long time
: now. I met and took tennis lessons from an
: Indian in my first year of college. Later I
: worked for the family at their small hotel.
: In 2000, my former tennis teacher was living
: in NYC, and I slept in his place for a
: couple weeks while exploring the city. Now
: in Buenos Aires, where most small
: supermarkets are owned by Chinese, our local
: one is owned by Indians. They speak a bit of
: English and are very friendly with me.
: Besides all that, I've read a few travel
: books about India and seen some of those
: crazy Bollywood films. I think I'm more or
: less interested in every story line in the
: Finally, my interest in haiku has flared up
: more than ever. I have been reading and
: rereading translations of classical Japanese
: haiku as well as English originals. I've
: been writing them too.
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