Micro-Season: “The Plums Turn Yellow”

We are in the micro-season of "The Plum Turns Yellow". As a way to celebrate this season, we will investigate the ume tree, explore some culinary uses for ume, and read ume-inspired haiku by Kobayashi Issa, Yosa Buson, and others.

Poems about Snowstorms

With this weekend’s massive snowstorm behind us, we now turn to Longfellow, Emerson, Issa, Buson, and Basho, to get their thoughts on snowstorms. Some thoughts are positive, and others not so much.

Poems About Winter Nights

Gazing up into the darkness on a clear winter night, I quickly get lost in my own mind with thoughts about life and the vastness of time. Luckily I have poets like Teasdale, Hughes, Basho, Issa, Buson, and Toshimi to provide me company.

The Poetry of Moths

Moths have inspired poets for centuries. Here are four poems that explore our connection to moths.  We will start with haiku and end with an excerpt from a hinged double sonnet. 

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