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  1. Damnation,
    it is almost as if you stabbed that haiku
    bleeding out all of the clean images
    and turned it into a medical thesis.

    1. [quote name=”david verge”]Damnation,
      it is almost as if you stabbed that haiku
      bleeding out all of the clean images
      and turned it into a medical thesis.[/quote]

      Some haiku are visceral indeed. Often the Victorianesque English translations of the Classic haikai writers of Japan don’t show how language evolved in Japan, moving away from the Courtly Chinese to the everyday language of the emerging Merchants’ use of Japanese.

      Somewhat like Chaucer moving British language away from Courtly French.

      warm regards,

      Alan

  2. It may just be me, but what do epidermal tongue, scales, bones, and banana leaves have in common? Which category does this haiku fit into?

    a)personal account of illness and healing
    b)the humanistic practice of medicine
    c)health care advocacy

    1. [quote name=”George”]It may just be me, but what do epidermal tongue, scales, bones, and banana leaves have in common? Which category does this haiku fit into?

      a)personal account of illness and healing
      b)the humanistic practice of medicine
      c)health care advocacy[/quote]

      Good questions!

      Haiku is constantly in flux both within Japan and outside Japan.

      e.g.

      ni-ju oku kônen no gishyô omae no B-gata

      twenty billion light-years of perjury: your blood type is “B”

      Hoshinaga Fumio

      http://www.modernhaiku.org/essays/HoshinagaFumio.html

      warm regards,

      Alan Summers

      1. One feature of postamputational healing that has often attracted notice is the presence of epidermal “tongues” that extend downward from the wound surface…
        Principles of Regenerative Biology edited by Bruce M. Carlson

        The role of salivary epidermal growth factor (EGF) in wound healing of the tongue was studied in mice.
        Effect of salivary epidermal growth factor on wound healing of tongue in mice.
        Noguchi S1, Ohba Y, Oka T.

        re chronic skin wounds etc…
        Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone (TRH) Promotes Wound Re-Epithelialisation in Frog and Human Skin
        Natalia T. Meier1,2., Iain S. Haslam3*., David M. Pattwell3.°Ëa, Guo-You Zhang1,4, Vladimir Emelianov2°Ëb, Roberto Paredes5°Ëc, Sebastian Debus6, Matthias Augustin7, Wolfgang Funk8, Enrique Amaya5, Jennifer E. Kloepper1, Matthew J. Hardman5, Ralf Paus1,3

        1. The human skeleton has 270 bones at birth which reduces to 206 bones by adulthood after some bones have fused together. Amputees will fewer bones. Banana leaves are used for cooking food including pig flesh, supposedly the nearest type of animal in some medical experiments to humans.

          We continue experimentation for hopefully good medical reasons, not for profit alone.

          It’s been said that Japanese-language haiku may have instigated the Surrealist Movement because of the juxtaposition technique in the poem. Surrealism is there to portray a truth or greater truth via extraordinary combinations of imagery.

          Haiku are two part poems where those two parts can create an overall different image. That’s up to the reader, whether they can connect. Of course it won’t always happen.

          warm regards,

          Alan Summers

          1. Alan,

            Thank you for the explanation. The background information that you provided is very helpful. Thank you for your contribution.

          2. [quote name=”George”]Alan,

            Thank you for the explanation. The background information that you provided is very helpful. Thank you for your contribution.[/quote]

            Many thanks George. I’ve appreciated all the comments, as haiku might have seemed an unusual choice for a poetry section, and that we are sometimes steeped in the classic translations of Basho. Haiku in Japan moves rapidly onwards as Basho himself would have approved of, as he was creating yet another new approach to this type of poetry quite literally on his deathbed.

            kind regards,

            Alan

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