Bukusai Ashagawa

Born in Boston, Mass, and lives in Chatanika, Alaska. He’s written over 14,000 haiku, tanka, & haiga. His books can be found in the National Haiku Library, and over fifty Universities throughout the U.S.A. & Japan. His works been translated into six languages. 

"Haiku are meant to evoke an emotional response from the reader ... to light the spark that triggers creative rumination ... They act as literary manifestations ... visions of nature’s seasonal modulations ... They're emotionally tinged words, barely perceptible sensory flickers ... literary etchings of lucid visions transposed into the minds of its readers ... They're meant to act as sensory catalysts ... like the passing of a penciled baton laid out upon a piece of paper that a reader might grasp for in their mind's eye ... all of which prompts the reader to continue exploring the sensory experience elicited from the writers pen ... This is how the literary sketching of poets are intended to function ... as creative muses with which readers can draw from and viscerally apply to their own artistic idioms ... from that lucid space within their heads ... where their minds eye can spark their own creative visions"  -- Bukusai Ashagawa, 2013

Blog: Bukusai-Ashagawa.blogspot.com


 

misty sheets of rain
awaken slumbering clouds
on my mtn side

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

by candlelight
through a bedroom window
a pear blossoms

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

cherry blossoms
cascading   pink n’ white petals
spring foliage

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

dusk
raptors leap forth   soaring
hear . . . talons crunching bone

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

Black Frog . . . Old Pond
fall leaves into young waters
as time goes . . . bye

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

our love . . . leaves
. . . foliage from a bough
how loves autumned

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

foliage falling
till boughs bud again
on and on and on

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

youthfulness . . . leaves
fading foliage      falling
bare boughs        naked trees

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

blue moon
upon the tatami
a pine needle

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

sinking cinders
ash flakes floating downstream
wild land forest fire

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

voices coursing
amongst streaming throngs
the babbling brook

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

evening up the mtn
red dots . . . eyes? Oh! I can’t BEAR!
false moonlit shadows

Up the Mountain  Blurb, 2016

wandering alone
seeking companionship
in solitude

Up the Mountain , Blurb, 2016
Chrysanthemum , #19, Spring, 2016

colours
    drifting . . . in free fall
            autumn leaves

NHK World, Haiku Masters; September, 2017

fall autumns
beyond coloured foliage . . .
. . . faint sheets of rain

NHK World, Haiku Masters; September 2017

napping
oscillating     in the hammock
Ah!      the fan

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

darkness
below zero
descending

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

self worth
non-monetized consumption
fetching water

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

windblown blossoms
at america’s crossroads
autumn idealists

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

impermanence
life's itinerant
solitary sojourn

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

pregnant raindrops
birthed on a sidewalk
SPLAT!

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

full moon . . . in free fall
repose on my hakama
blossoming petals

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

our casket
on thin ice
divorced emotions . . . sinking

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

birth . . . youth
middle . . . old age . . . death
cycling

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

rustling leaves rouse
ripples summoning forth waves
engulf me

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

anaphora
life . . . cadenced repetition
anaphoric

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

that sound
snowflakes falling
autumn leaves

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

fading drying
a leaf throwing up sunlight
summer leaves

Alyeskan Interior (forthcoming book)

lightning
nature’s semaphore
thunder . . . thunder . . . BOOM!

JIKU,  The Blurb 2016

rapedseeds.
husks swept about by brooms
sprawled naked grains

JIKU,  The Blurb 2016

my life ebbing
faucet leaks into sink
full      it overflows

JIKU,  The Blurb 2016

I drop like rain
my destination unknown
let go     SpLaTteR

JIKU : Komorebi  . . . above, a thousand incandescent leaves, The Blurb 2016

I pedal past
raindrops    pummeling petals
wrung dry   by high winds

JIKU : Komorebi  . . . above, a thousand incandescent leaves, The Blurb 2016

foliage falling
views narrow, colours harden
leaves fall away

JIKU : Komorebi  . . . above, a thousand incandescent leaves, The Blurb 2016