Words are not just words
they are kisses
on the lips of silence
that speak of your essence

Monday, March 1, 2010

Haiku by Gabriel Rosenstock

Gabriel Rosenstock is a poet and haikuist, author/translator of over 150 books, mostly in Irish (Gaelic). A member of Aosdána (the Irish academy of arts and letters), he taught haiku at the Schule für Dichtung (Poetry Academy) in Vienna and has given readings in Europe, North, South and Central America, Australia, India and Japan. A former Chairman of Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann, he is an Honorary Life Member of the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association and a Foundation Associate of The Haiku Foundation.

Salmon Poetry published his debut volume in English in 2009, Uttering Her Name and in the same year Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK) brought out his twin-volume reflections on haiku, Haiku Enlightenment and Haiku, the Gentle Art of Disappearing.



sickle moon -

"Rosenstock has done it again! Here we have another haiku volume of originality and newness. Why is it that if lesser hands try the same sort of haiku theirs would become shallow and literally empty while in the hands of this poet profundity and lightness show up in an exquisite balance?

Rosenstock is one of the few non-Japanese poets who have a feel for haiku almost instinctively but, more importantly, who have not lost it by the study or practice of writing haiku. "

I read some of Gabriel's poems and really loved it .
Gabriel was very generous to let me publish some of his work.

Enjoy and thank you for visiting,

full moon
filling the eye

fireworks implode
into nothingness
the moon brighter than ever

somewhere deep
within the universe
the crow’s voice is formed

was it a kingfisher?
a splash turns blue
into silver

even the butterfly
takes a rest
on the hammock

Butterfly on my hammock!

into a hole in the sand
something too quick
to be named


zoe said...

the kingfisher and the crow's voice are both moment-suspenders...beautiful writing, and a new discovery, thank you!
that image of the moon over water is awesome! beautiful post...

Diane said...

It's like a feast of words...thank you so much Vesna!

I'm sorry I've been absent, I was very sick last week and then my computer caught a virus as well, they had to completely rebuild it...I wish they could rebuild me...hehe :)

Rosa said...

Admirable speech, lovely poetry. Short, essential but fresh and impressive.
I agree with Zoe, the photo of the moon is amazing, and I love also the second one. :)

Beautiful post ;)

Kittie Howard said...

I love the 'into the hole...' haiku. So much expression, emotion and imagery in so few words. Haiku only looks easy...but is probably as difficult as it comes. And anyone who can swim among so many languages has a rare sensitivity. Beautiful post! Thank you, Vesna!

☆sapphire said...

Hello Vesna.

Really a lovely post! I read his haikus again and again and found that they contained profound wisdom and truly beautiful images as well!! Thanks for sharing!!