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    Greetings everyone! My name is Orrin Tyrell, though I publish under the penname; Matsukaze.

    My introduction to haiku and tanka came in 2006 through poet/professor/activist Dr. Sonia Sanchez.
    I was immediately intrigued by this small poetic form that could hold the entirety of existence in it.
    It would be some years before I decided to look at the ku tradition through the eyes of Basho, Buson,
    Issa, and Shiki.

    In 2013 I returned to tanka through the mentorship of M. Kei and immediately became consumed with
    notating everything outward and inward through tanka. I began experimenting with lineation; writing
    tanka in 1, 2, 3, 4, and the standard 5 lines. (i now at this time focus on writing tanka in a monolinear format
    a la Hiroaki Sato/Atsuo Nakagawa).

    Id been in a love/hate relationship with haiku since the beginning. I struggled to find my voice and make
    haiku adapt to my daily needs. I didn't understand kigo and wasn't sure it was necessary for me. I felt
    'i'm not Basho, im not even Japanese' and so i wrestled with it and got frustrated with it and walked
    away with it. I discovered Marlene Mountain, R. C Matsuo-Allard, and eventually Hiroaki Sato and
    immediately fell in love with the monoku/monolinear approach of writing haiku; and by Marlene Mountain
    i saw that haiku could indeed hold what many told me it could not. It was then that I turned to senryu.
    Of course I learned of senryu via Blyth; but I didn't like what i was reading. I wanted my senryu
    to be diaristic in nature, i wanted them to be more literary, haikuish, and even tanka-like.
    There were a few senryu poets that eventually attracted me to that type of senryu: Mizuhara Setsuko,
    Tokizane Shinko, Onishi Yasuyo, and a few Japanese-American Senryuist (Sanae, George Oyo, Kaho Honda,
    Gengoro, Jakki, Sunny Seki) and a few others that showed me that senryu could read like a diary entry or such.

    Also after really immersing myself in the haiku of Mountain, I subsequently fell in love with the haiku of
    Fay Aoyagi and Roberta Beary; who put so much of themselves in ku. It was Fay Aoyagi that said in the preface
    to her book, "Chrysanthemum Love;" "If you believe haiku must be about nature, you may be disappointed
    with my work. There is a lot of “me” in my haiku. I write very subjectively. I am not interested in Zen and
    the oriental flavor to which some Western haiku/tanka poets are attracted. I love the shortness and
    evocativeness of haiku. I don’t write to report the weather. I write to tell my stories." I would extend this
    sentiment by saying, i also write to tell my fantasies/imaginations; this s why I write ku and ka.

    I am really looking forward to learning more about haiku, and especially learning more about gendai senryu,
    the different flavor of senryu as well.
    心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

    infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

    Tokizane Shinko

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    Great to have you here Orrin, looking forward to seeing your work!
    ghost cave i brush aside the dharma of a lobster god

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    • #3
      It is good to reconnect with you here, Orrin. Thank you for sharing a little of your journey.

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      • #4
        A great introduction Orrin. Welcome!
        https://davereadpoetry.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          Thank you very very much Clay, Hansha, and Dave...it is such a pleasure to apart of such amazing and talented poets like yourselves. Looking forward to learning, growing, and impacting.
          心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

          infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

          Tokizane Shinko

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          • #6
            Glad you could join us Orrin! If you want to learn about haiku then you are at the right place.

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            • #7
              Rich Schilling thank you very much.
              心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

              infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

              Tokizane Shinko

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              • #8
                Hi friend! Been looking forward to seeing you Orrin!

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                • #9
                  Christina Chin thank you so much dear friend. its amazing to see you here as well!!!!
                  心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

                  infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

                  Tokizane Shinko

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