February 21, 2010

Haiga 315

Haiku by Darko Plazanin.

Recently, I read a lot of novels written by Chinese authors. I am reading books by Gao Xingjian now.

Many Chinese novels deal with the difficult times the authors had to go through during the sixty years of New China.
Gao Xinglian's novels, "Soul Mountain" and "One Man's Bible", seem to give me an impression that experiences of the difficult times were distilled and converted into a form of artistic expression. And this aspect seems to make him stand from the other Chinese authors.


Devika said...

Very interesting, Kuni San....Yes, hard times always leads to isolation, you show here....Haven't read novels...only some history and memoirs,

very nice representation :)


Gillena Cox said...

interesting, i cant deceide how i feel about this one

much love

Poet in Residence said...

I am always impressed by the Darko haiku and your illustrations of them. You two make a good team!

John McDonald said...


Alan Summers said...

I really like the haiku and the artwork.

Having been caught in one of the biggest evacuations in Europe since WWII, as well as a Paddington bomb alert last year, I was immediately transported back into the atmosphere where most people tend to panic.

This haiku of mine, is of another incident, in central Bristol one early morning, back around 1983, which I took to be a nuclear bomb attack siren warning.

I was the manager of the family business gift and souvenir shop, and living above the premises.

night empty streets
a siren alarm pierces
the souvenir shop

Alan Summers
Ritsumeikan University Peace Museum Award

The sirens went off around 4am. I knew if this was the real thing I'd have around 20 minutes to get somewhere safe.

It was all very scary, and I remember like an old B&W movie, a single car going on almost two wheels at speed around the city centre corner.

I decided to stay where I was and reflect and appreciate what I had experienced in my life.

Thankfully later that day I found out it wasn't a bomb alert siren, but a factory siren! ;-)

all my best,


Alan's Area 17: Area 17


kuni_san said...

Thank you all for nice comments.
Alan's haiku is a good one. Thanks for sharing your experience, Alan san.
If it had been an actual atomic bomb, mere 20 minutes would have made any difference, I guess. In an instance, a large city like Hiroshima disappears from the earth.

Alan Summers said...

I knew I had a choice, either disappear into our dusty windowless basement and probably get crushed as the tall building collapsed down into us, or just enjoy my last view of the world.

Even though it turned out to be an early morning factory shift siren (which I didn't think we did anymore, for various obvious reasons) it was certainly a wake up call.

These atomic bombs are horrible devices. When they worked on those bombs they didn't know for sure if they would destroy the entire planet, let alone two defenceless cities.

all my very best,

Alan’s Area 17 blog