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The Eye of Haiga
by an'ya

Conceptually, if we think of haiga (any haiga) in terms of a masterful "eye," I would have you consider that very few persons (if any) are able to escape the influential power of the eye when it shows greatness. If its artistic gaze is imperatorial, it oppresses; if it is gentle, it soothes; or if sad, it strikes melancholy in the heart and soul of the beholder, thereby in my opinion, thereby making it successful.

However, as an influencer it isn't probable for haiga to be honestly successful unless it is inflamed by the inspiration behind it which keeps and holds that gaze, in communicating to us the expression, either horrible or favorable, cheerful or sullen, which alone can maintain the stability and persistence of the active esthetic forces in our psyche.

As some viewers possess naturally a discerning eye, some artists have the ability to create haiga that goes without blinking. It is not sufficient for a good haiga to just cast a passing glance, an action which in turn might only cause an apathetic yawn from its public.

The haiga needs to be a trajection of the artist's brushwork in which the ultimate form is delicate and sparse enough, yet definite and ample enough so that its deep-felt intensity shall become and remain lastingly effectual.

This visual organ of haiga that I'm speaking about has a rare quality that animates the mind of its gazers  under the persuasion of illusive portrayal, while captivating them too with concrete boldness, each being an alter-ego of the other.

To my thinking, fine haiga should present itself in a humble manner, although too great an excess of modesty should be avoided, insofar as timidity is always a restraint to the greatness of any art form. The haiga artist especially must exercise care not to let viewers detect self in his images, which would immediately render all artistic efforts vain. Yet, this same artist must master a way to share his intimate self, in order to have the eye of haiga make any kind of correct impression on others. 


an'ya . . . whose haigo (haiku nom de plume) loosely translates to 'a peaceful light in the moonless night,' lives in Oregon, USA.

Besides editing haigaonline, an'ya is the director for the World Haiku Club beginners sessions and the Newsletter Editor for the Tanka Society of America.

She has been bestowed numerous top world-class awards and honours for her haiku poetry, as well as other verse forms, not only throughout the United States, but in Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, India, the UK, Brazil, and throughout the Balkans.

an'ya has five books out currently, haiku for a moonless night, haiku wine, crosswinds, haiku in my apron pocket and haiku for the birds. Her personal website can be viewed at The Natural Light Press.

Her extended biography is found at: www.haigaonline.com under staff members.


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