Kuroda Momoko is one of the most active and highly regarded haiku poets in Japan today. When I first met her over a decade ago, I was just beginning my haiku journey and knew nothing of her stature. In an earlier book, The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan, I relate my chance encounter with Oiwa Kohei, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and amateur haiku poet who invited me to join his haiku group that met in Numazu, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. At the time, I was living in Japan as an American diplomat and had only just become interested in haiku.
from an indigo field
rising one by one
aibatake yori tsugi tsugi ni agehibari
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