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The wind is mournful by Kyotai

haikuA vivid imagination and a firm hold in tradition allowed Japanese poet Kyotai the creative space to offer generations of readers a sensory expedition in words. Following the influence established by haiku masters Basho and Buson, Kyotai’s work assisted in elevating haiku beyond the typical coarse and unrefined style typical of the 1700s.


The wind is mournful
the moon’s shape
withering night by night’