June 12, 2011
Waka+artwork - Saigyo
Having read something about Saigyo, I remembered a artwork I did some time ago for Saigyo's waka. Saigyo wrote this wake to express his wavering thought when he became a priest, leaving behind all his secular life.
Waka has more words than haiku, and that makes it rather difficult to add artwork like I do to haiku. More words means that waka more or less says all. Adding artwork often become redundant, making it difficult to maintain equality between poem and artwork.
Nevertheless, I tried, and here it is.
Returned from Tokyo last night. During to and from Tokyo, I read an ebook titled "The Paris Wife" by Paula Mclain. It is a story about Hemingway and his wife, seen from the wife's point of view. Interesting reading, and I felt the four-hour trip one way much shorter.