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Sunday, January 23, 2011
A highly unusual feminist and the pre-cursor of the haiku
An example, from American poet Richard Wright's haiku collection:
Whitecaps on the bay
a broken signboard banging
in the April wind
To my surprise, while researching the short life of Sydney Parkinson, the talented natural history draughtsman who sailed (and died) on the Endeavour, I found that the cousin he admired and loved, Jane Gomeldon, was the inventor of the 'maxim,' the pre-cursor of the English haiku.