Haikus for Cherry Blossom Trees – Clare Charnley

UK-based artist Clare Charnley shared this tidbit with me, upon receiving my invitation to sit under an apple tree:

“It’s great to get your newsletters and see what you are up to, though a pity I can’t make the blossom walk! I don’t know if you went to the park near my house, but there is a huge circle of cherry trees there. In blossom time a friend and I go down there and write Haikus on the path in chalk. Not just because of the Japan connection, but because Haikus are stripped down, without metaphor etc and always in the present tense.”

To which I replied:

“I love the way you have taken that instance (blooming of cherry blossoms) and made your connection to it (with your friend, via Haikus). Those trees are in themselves a metaphor for staying close to the present…”

Author: Victoria Stanton

Montreal-based performance artist, writer, and educator Victoria Stanton explores live action, human interaction, video, film, photography, and drawing.

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