ONE BLADE OF GRASS by Ant Macari
126 x 157mm, 98 pages, colour printing, perfect bound, 2016
An illustrated collection of English Haiku (Zen poems) written on location in Teesdale, County Durham, over the course of a year. Influenced by the poetry of Walter Scott's 'Rokeby' and the free style Haiku of Santōka Taneda, One Blade Of Grass represents an attempt to reconnect with the landscape through the fragile beauty of the seasons in order to perceive the basic truth of impermanence.
"Real Haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one’s heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations – there you’ll find the essence of true art, religion and science.” - Santōka Taneda