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Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLIX

Eight haiku by Matsuo Bashō, translated by R. K. Blyth. Wikipedia tells us the Shinto priesthood deified Basho in 1793, a sort of minor god of poetry, and for a time critical evaluation of his work was literally considered blasphemous.

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Moonlight slants through The vast bamboo grove: A cuckoo cries

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