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October 13, 1996 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anyone seeking the most telling item on the front page of Japan's best-selling newspaper would do well to skip the headlines and go straight to the poetry column. In a corner next to the weather report, Yomiuri Shimbun's readers skewer politicians, news events, social trends and especially themselves--all in 17 elegant syllables. Cynical or poignant, the tiny poems are literary bonsai, trendy evidence of the traditional Japanese genius for manicuring natural (and human) anarchy into art.
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May 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The MAVEN spacecraft is leaving for Mars in November. Along with scientific gear and advanced communication technologies, it will be bringing along some poetry. It could be yours. NASA launched -- or, rather, opened -- the poetry contest on Wednesday. Anyone 18 or over can enter -- or, as the entry form puts it, "Anybody on planet Earth. " No Martians allowed. To enter, write a haiku that is a message to Mars . Haikus, of course, are three-line poems with a specific syllable count -- five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second, and five again in the third.
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WORLD
March 26, 2011 | Julie Makinen
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.
TRAVEL
January 1, 2012
Why? Because every hotel stay should be poetic. Name: http://www.hotelhaiku.com What it is: A niche website with hotel photos and reviews written in the traditional haiku format of 17 syllables in three lines of five, seven and five words. What's hot: Expect the unexpected. My hotel haiku exploration led me to beds in luxe concrete sewer pipes in Tepoztlán, Mexico, and contemporary cottages on a breathtaking mountain ridge in Leti, India. From the brains behind Holiday Pad - I love that the Web group is growing and is adding a "glamping" site called http://www.camp-bling.com . What's not: The word "notel" is confusing and not necessary.
NEWS
August 13, 1987 | BETH UYEHARA, Community Correspondent
The ancient, abstract, highly disciplined form of Japanese poetry known as haiku is the last thing you might think would appeal to hard-rock-loving teen-agers. The esoteric poetry form requires the writer to convey a single vivid image in one simple sentence of exactly 17 syllables. That is not the only restriction, however; the syllables must be arranged in three unrhymed lines--the first line with five syllables, the second line with seven, and on the third line, five again.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2003
To Sam Hamill, a poet and publisher in Port Townsend, Wash., an invitation to a White House poetry symposium earlier this month looked like a clear opportunity for mixing politics and verse. (His e-mail rallying cry rounded up thousands of antiwar poems and led to the quick cancellation of the White House event.) Political satirist Neal Pollack sized up the latest poets/politics/war nexus and, tongue in cheek, responded from the blog on his Web site (www.nealpollack.com).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2008 | Carina Chocano
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2006 | David C. Nichols;F. Kathleen Foley;Philip Brandes
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1986 | TERRY McQUILKIN
Winding up its three-day festival at Cal State Northridge on Sunday, the International Congress on Women in Music featured no fewer than eight composers in a concert at the Campus Theatre. Under any circumstances, the listener would have difficulty sorting out the individualities of each work; Sunday, the task seemed well-nigh impossible. In the first place, only two of the compositions, at best, could claim particular distinction.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
WORLD
March 26, 2011 | Julie Makinen
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2008 | Carina Chocano
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2006 | David C. Nichols;F. Kathleen Foley;Philip Brandes
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1986
Little noted in the rush of events but possibly long to be reflected on is the imminent appointment of the first official poet laureate of the United States, as ordered in an Act of Congress. The event--blessed or not remains to be seen--culminates more than two decades of legislative lobbying by Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga (D-Hawaii), himself a versifier. The selection will be made by Daniel J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1999
Re the WTO meeting and protests in Seattle, a haiku of 17 syllables: The American people woke up and smelled the coffee in Seattle. RICK CHERTOFF Van Nuys
NEWS
September 4, 2003 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
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BOOKS
June 22, 2003 | Basho
natsu kusa ya tsuwamonodomo ga yume no ato summer grasses ... traces of dreams of ancient warriors
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