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Carpe Diem Writing Techniques #16
Shiki’s Shasei

“…Shiki hated associations, contrasts, comparisons, wordplays, puns, and riddles… He favored the quiet simplicity of just stating what he saw without anything else happening in the haiku. He found the greatest beauty in the common sight, simply reported exactly as it was seen, and ninety-nine percent of his haiku written in his style. Many people still feel he was right. There are some moments that are perhaps best said as simply as possible in his way. Yet, Shiki himself realized in 1893, after writing very many haiku in this style, that used too much, even his new idea could become lackluster. So the method is an answer, but never the complete answer of how to write a haiku.”  [Source]

night puddles –
reflections wink in
reflections wink out

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