Sunday, April 5, 2009

Santoka Taneda

"August 2, 1934. Sometimes a life where I want to die, sometimes a life where I can't die, sometimes close to the buddhas, sometimes one with the devils. Sorry to discover the animal in myself. Then at last the night is over, the morning sun good.... Today again, must get myself in shape, make preparations so I'm ready to die at any time."

(from For All My Walking: Free-Verse Haiku of Taneda Santoka, translated by Burton Watson, Columbia University Press, 2003)

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