It’s ‘grand opening’ time. The Autumn 2011 Showcase of the zen space has now been launched.
The whole idea of the zen space has been, from the beginning, to bring to the eyes of readers words and the occasional image which have their roots in the mono no aware of haiku and related forms. the zen space is essentially an English Language medium and therefore at least one step away from the Japanese experience. However the object is not to strive for any quasi-Japanese quality but rather, perhaps, not to strive. the zen space is a reaction to the failure of some writers and editors to appreciate this.
The haiku, tanka, etc. in this first Showcase (I’m calling it a ‘Showcase’ rather than an ‘issue’) take us in all directions. In this first Showcase I have grouped them together by author so that, for example, all David Cobb’s are together. Most, though not all, authors are here this time by invitation. If you would like to submit words of your own then click on the ‘Submission’ page to find out how to do so. You can find the Autumn 2011 Showcase via this link or by hovering your pointer over the ‘Experience’ tab at the top of this page and clicking on the drop-down box.
Let’s see where we go from here.