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Flying Pope

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Author: Ban'ya Natsuishi
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-81-8253-106-2
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Publisher: Cyberwit.net
Pub. Date: 2008
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A gong sounds somewhere in the distance, and in the silence that ensues the reverberations of the collective conscience precipitate a collage of impressions that are at once familiar, and yet far beyond the accepted structures of perception. In this impressive collection of contemporary haiku, Ban'ya Natsuishi expertly challenges and coaxes the reader to join him in a flight of fancy - in and out of reality and illusion - not so unlike the great surrealist Salvador Dali. Both the reader and the flying pope take to the air, suspended above the Earth like an out-of-body experience ... observing from afar, and yet experiencing the dream-like state as if it were totally real - as a sort of déjà vu recollection of the fringes between zazen and newspaper headlines ... or perhaps the CNN rolling news texts, floating across the bottom of the television screen. While it may be tempting to point out Natsuishi as l'Enfant terrible of contemporary haiku writing, his impudence is not intended to shock. It is, in fact, this sense of detachment in the author that binds together the childlike, the serious, the sarcastic, the humorous and the reflective - resulting in a splattering of surrealistic images that pose far more questions to the reader than give blatant commentary. Because of the masterly free flying construction, the reader is just as easily won over to the haiku of Ban'ya Natsuishi as he/she might be to adventuresome comic books and animated films.  

True enough, there is much observation embedded in these pearls of writing: sparkling semi-precious jewels singing, dancing, and jabbering now and then about such themes as politics, haiku writing without seasonal references, the loneliness of papal responsibility, and the burden of conscience. However, the real artistry of this work is perhaps the succession of painterly haiku frescoes, all variations on the same theme: the illusion of consciousness.  

Do read this book several times - forward and backwards, and even starting in the middle and proceeding in any direction ... sometimes dancing back and forth. There are many hidden levels within the poems, the silent connections in between the poems and in the work as a whole.  

    - Adam Donaldson Powell, 2008 (based upon the English version of "Flying Pope").

 

集合的無意識を描く現代俳句の巨匠

 

夏石番矢『空飛ぶ法王』への序文

 

 

遠くのどこかで、そして沈黙のなかで、ゴングがなる。見慣れていながら、知覚が受け取った構造をはるかに超えた、さまざまな印象のコラージュを凝結させる集合的無意識の反響ののちの沈黙のなかで。現代俳句のこの印象的な句集において、夏石番矢は、幻想の飛行を彼とともにするよう、読者を挑発し、誘惑する。その幻想は、現実とまぼろしを出入りし、偉大な超現実主義者サルバドール・ダリと、それほどは似てはいない。読者と空飛ぶ法王の両者は、空中へおもむき、地球上空に体外体験のように宙吊りにされ、はるかかなたより観察し、そして夢のような状態を、まったく現実のように、座禅と新聞の見出しのあいだの縞模様のデジャヴュの回想として、あるいは、たぶんテレビ画面の下で漂いながら、展開してゆくCNNニュースの情報のように、経験する。夏石番矢を、現代俳句の「恐るべき子供」と指摘したくなる誘惑にかられながらも、彼の大胆さは、衝撃を与えるためではない。それは、実際は、子供じみた、真剣な、毒舌の、ユーモラスな、そして省察的なものを束ねあげる、著者の超然性の感覚なのである。これは、見え透いた説明を与えるよりも、ずっと多くの疑問を読者に投げかける超現実主義的イメージのざわめきとなっている。名人技の自由飛行の構成のため、読者はまさに、夏石番矢の俳句に、彼もしくは彼女として、冒険的な漫画本やアニメ映画によるように、簡単に納得する。

 

十分に真実だ。ここには、次のような創作の真珠に埋め込まれた、多大な観察がある。政治、無季俳句創作、責任ある法王の孤独、そして良心の重荷といったテーマについての、歌い、踊り、ときどき早口で語る準宝石の輝き。しかしながら、夏石番矢のこの作品のほんとうの芸術手腕はおそらく、画家はだしのフレスコ画俳句の連続であろうし、「まぼろしである意識」という同じテーマの、すべてのバリエーションであろう。

 

この本を何度も読みたまえ、前から後ろから、真ん中からさえ始めたまえ、そして、どの方向へも進みたまえ、ときには後ろへ前へと踊りながら。これらの詩のなかに、隠された多数のレベルがあり、詩のあいだのなかに、さらに全体としての作品のなかに、沈黙の関連がある。

 

アダム・ドナルドソン・パウエル 2008年 (英語版『空飛ぶ法王』に準拠)

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Ban'ya Natsuishi

Ban’ya Natsuishi, master of contemporary haiku and trailblazer at home on the overflowing haiku mountain of life, offers the world - Hybrid Paradise, a collection of his recent, liberating work. In 2009, I wrote a review in a book for him, The Poetical Achievements of Ban’ya Natsuishi, understanding the honour of casting my views on such outstanding haiku. Again, I am thrilled to be involved in the process of expounding works of this incredible author, who has been a great influence in forging ahead with my own style of muki-haiku (seasonless poem technique)! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dbZXWtmNYo


 
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