March 26, 2011 |
A bout the nuclear power plant too much detail I hear such unhappiness First the ground shook, then the sea swallowed the land. Fires raged, lights went out, invisible menaces seeped into the air, the water, the soil. Tears flowed and headlines blared tales of tragedy, sorrow and fear. All the words in the world, perhaps, could not capture the enormity of it all. Amid the cacophony of news bulletins and tweets and cellphone alerts registering yet another aftershock, Yoshikatsu Kurota quietly sent out his brief verse.
December 5, 2010
Alberic the Wise And Other Journeys Norton Juster, illustrated by Domenico Gnoli Random House/Yearling, $5.99, ages 8-12 Idiosyncratic tales of adventure in mythic lands from the author of "The Phantom Tollbooth," with lots of curious ideas to chew over. Bats at the Ballgame Brian Lies Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 3-7 When night falls, bats go to the ballpark ? and they're quite versed in baseball esoterica.
April 25, 2009 |
Things are taking a turn for the verse in the Northern California city of Ukiah as the local literati throw their annual bash celebrating all things haiku -- which just happens to be Ukiah spelled backward. The ukiaHaiku Festival, taking place Sunday at the Ukiah City Conference Center, drew more than 1,500 entries from 10 countries this year, a big jump from the 300 it started out with seven years ago. Like the art form, prizes are small, running mostly to book certificates. The big champion gets $100.
March 27, 2008 |
In his inimitable prosaic-lyrical style, Gus Van Sant tells the story of a young skateboarder who accidentally gets involved in a gruesome death. Dreamy and elliptical and free of the bombast and posturing that characterize films about death and youth respectively, "Paranoid Park" is a lethal haiku of a movie, gorgeous and devastating. On Saturday, the American Cinematheque presents a 10th anniversary screening of the Coen brothers' "The Big Lebowski" at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
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October 9, 2007 |
Violet Kazue de Cristoforo, a California poet and scholar who wrote, collected and translated haiku that compressed into a few lines the heartaches and realities of the detention camps where thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, died Wednesday at her home in Salinas. She was 90. De Cristoforo died two weeks after returning from Washington, D.C.
April 14, 2006 |
Renegade hilarity splays across "The Strip: A Living Comic Book" at the Evidence Room. The outrageous late-night serial returns in savagely funny form -- R. Crumb meets the Cockettes on a bender. We arrange folding chairs about producer-director Kirk Wilson's vintage low-budget lobby display, where three interlocking story lines collide with dance troupe Death Tap 2000. Justin Tanner's "The Pink Section" is a John Waters-worthy anarchistic soap, West Hollywood as relocation camp.