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.

Marie Marshall

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16 thoughts on “Opening

  1. […] the zen space Autumn 2011 Showcase has been launched – please feel free to visit. the zen space is a platform for haiku and related words in the English Language (primarily). The first Showcase contains contributed words from Johannes S H Bjerg, David Cobb, A D’Agio, Stella Pierides, Patricia Prime, Bill Ramsey, and Angie Werren. Artwork is by Marie Taylor. […]

  2. vallance22 says:

    Hi Marie and friends! Richard Vallance here, publisher,
    Canadian Zen Haiku canadien ISSN 1705-4508, quarterly, in print
    (of which Marie herself is one of our associate editors).

    Well, Marie, The Zen Space is indeed a space, a place, a venue for
    quiet meditation, Zen, Sufi, Zoroastrian, Taoist, Christian, Talmudic,
    and on and on.

    I will make a few little observations on the haiku I most appreciate
    in my next few messages.


  3. vallance22 says:

    I just went through all the haiku & zen-like poems in your first issue (autumn 2011) & here are the ones that really appeal to me (with some comments):

    First we have –

    by David Cobb

    lonesome scarecrow —
    as I cross the stubble
    he trips me up

    churchyard beech
    in the dead of night
    I touch its buds

    THIS one is amazing!

  4. vallance22 says:

    I also really like:

    by Patricia Prime

    winter arthritis
    my hot water bottle
    grows cold

    percussion session
    at the kindergarten
    throb of a headache

    no guff!

  5. vallance22 says:


    by Johannes S H Bjerg

    white poppies –
    the still lake throws my face
    back at me

    (truly haunting)

  6. vallance22 says:

    by Angie Werren

    circles in the water
    she enters this room

    summer morning
    there are two doors
    one is open

    Immediately reminds me of Robert Frost’s:

    The Road Not Taken (1915)

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth.

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same.

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    (to my mind one of the most memorable poems in English)

  7. vallance22 says:

    by Stella Pierides

    swaying branch—
    the hummingbird here and not

    brilliant!…. she has caught it (not really though)

    after sitting–
    crawling out of its skin
    a snake

    for some reason, I find this very funny. It makes me love the little critter.

  8. vallance22 says:

    by Bill Ramsey

    trickling into grasses
    the urine feeling for
    its modest way

    modest??? From my experiences on canoe trips in HOT weather!
    Of course, Bill’s haiku rings true in any event.

    i could have crushed
    the garden snail—
    but i was slow

    anti-Zen? whatever… but for the butterfly effect, this could
    have been ugly.

  9. vallance22 says:

    by A. D’Agio

    the universe sighed

    … and sighs, I think, when anyone on earth does…. especially
    when she or he dies.

  10. Bernard Gieske says:

    It is refreshing to read these haiku. Thanks for such an excellent sellection. Bernard Gieske

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