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Welcome to my haiku site. I write in the modern vein. The syllable count is free, and reference to seasons are sometimes present, sometimes not. Many Japanese believe that haiku can be magic and healing. So do I. Poetry is my passion, and haiku is my favorite. Please leave me comments. I would love to hear them!
I have been an astrologer and teacher of astrology and metaphysics for 42 years. I am also a bodywork therapist who practices deep tissue and myofascial techniques, as well as reflexology. I have written 6 books on astrology and related topics which you can read about at www.johnsandbach.com I also paint and write poetry. My haiku have been published numerous times in Tokyo in the haiku journal "Ginyu" by Ban'ya Natsuishi, as well as in New Zealand, England, and America.
I am deeply enamoured of the modern haiku of Japan, which, like modern art, is of many styles and energies, and which is constantly recreating itself as it unfolds. Unfortunately, the West is still primarily focused on traditional haiku and has not yet tuned in to the wonders of modern Japanese experimental artisans of this form. I hope you get some idea of what it is like through my own work, and maybe would become inspired to write some yourself. Thanks for allowing me into your imagination!