marlene mountain
as is
may 2001


tied up/tied down

i don't believe the japanese are more oriented to nature than any
other people. japanese haiku is not more concerned with nature than
many other forms of art including visual approaches throughout the
world over thousands upon ten thousands of years. in japan nature is
more 'culture' than nature to my way of understanding. haiku is an
intellectionalization of nature ie it is so tied up/tied down to a
jillion precepts/literary references etc that i'm amazed a straight
reading of 'nature' gets through. it mainly gets through because for
the most part we [fortunely] don't know all the 'baggage' associated
with these various expressions/allusions/etc


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