HAIKUS: Bly's Stanford Poetry Workshop

June 1—June 8, 2008

By Peter Y. Chou

Basho wrote "The temple bells stop— but the sound keeps coming /
out of the flowers."
Even though Bly's last class was on May 28,
and he has flown to Maine for "The Great Mother Conference",
these haikus are still flowing out like those flower echoes of Basho.
Eavan Boland substituted for Robert Bly's last class on June 4 and
we all shared our fond memories of Bly this semester at Stanford.
So I'm adding these June Haikus inspired by Bly's generous gifts.
(Underlined words are not for emphasis but to web links.)

Sunday, June 1, 2008, 2:00-9:00 pm
Art Library, Stanford University
Reading Robert Bly's "The Thousands" (2001)
"Ancient Friendships between Sounds"
Robert Creeley's poem so full of sounds:

Love comes quietly,
finally, drops around me,
on me, in the old ways.
Monday, June 2, 2008, 11:44-11:59 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Felix Mendelssohn,
Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21 (1828), (Listen), CD, YouTube

We're all dreaming this
world is real— but where is it
in dreamless deep sleep?
Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 12:40 pm
Home in Mountain View: Reading about
Wang Yang Ming's sigh and sorrow (#303)
in "Instructions for Practical Living" (1518)

The sage said with a sigh:
"Those who know do not share
the good with others."
Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 12:45 pm
Home in Mountain View: Reading about
Wang Yang Ming's sigh and sorrow (#176)
in "Instructions for Practical Living" (1518)

When all are merry
running after falsehood,
I alone weep and lament.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 3:15-5:45 pm
Building 460, Room 334, Stanford University
Eavan Boland runs Bly's Last Poetry Class:
Discussion on process & product of poetry

She's hard on mistakes
in a poem— it's a scorpion
that ruins everything!
Thursday, June 5, 2008, 4:44 pm
Riding Bus #22 on El Camino, Palo Alto,
heading for Stanford Green Library
and pondering on Bly's "soul weight"

When a person has
a deep sigh, is he gaining
or losing soul weight?
Friday, June 6, 2008, 3:42 pm
Riding Bus #40 on San Antonio Road
to the Los Altos Library & recalling
Eavan Boland's June 4 poetry class

Hemingway's Six words
short story— For Sale.
Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

Friday, June 6, 2008, 7:30-9:45 pm
Friends' House, 957 Colorado, Palo Alto
Waverley Writers' Poetry Reading:
I read two ramage poems from Bly's class:
"Bazaar Dreams" & "The Aha Moment"

My Aha moment—
Breathe in the Ah but keep
the Ha in your heart.
Sunday, June 8, 2008, 11:39-11:45 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Claude Debussy,
Reverie (1890),
(Listen), CD, YouTube

Waking, dream, deep sleep—
three states of consciousness
teaching us what is Real.
Sunday, June 8, 2008, 2:24-2:35 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Sarah Chang plays Vivaldi,
Four Seasons: "Autumn" Op. 8, #3 (1725)
(Listen), CD, YouTube

Vivaldi's Winter rain
inspired my first poem
on this day— "I See Joy".
Sunday, June 8, 2008, 3:14 pm
Showers Drive, Mountain View
Caught 3:14 pm Shuttle Bus to Stanford
and pondering on the mysteries of π

Apple pie, pizza pie
honor π— that round
transcendental number.
Sunday, June 8, 2008, 7:30 pm
Art Library, Stanford University
Composing web page Haikus: Bly's
Poetry Workshop— June 2008

Bly has flown to Maine
but these haikus are still
flowing out like flowers.
Sunday, June 8, 2008, 8:11 pm
Art Library, Stanford University
Recalling my first poem that flowed
to me on 6-8-1968— "I See Joy"

I see joy in her smile
and pure goodness in
her heart helping others.
Monday, June 9, 2008, 1:40-1:44 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Johann Sebastian Bach,
Cantata #140: Sleepers Awake (1731)
(Listen), CD, YouTube

We're all Rip Van Winkles
asleep to what is Real—
O My Friend: Wake up!

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