• POETRY CORNER

      Wallace Falls, Washington, USA "The touch of a rainbow in a waterfall. What else could you ask for?" (Photo - Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      Wallace Falls, Washington, USA “The touch of a rainbow in a waterfall. What else could you ask for?” (Photo – Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      – 1/17/18

      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      It was a few months ago, at a gathering* of haiku poets in Seabeck, Washington, that I met Nicholas Klacsanzky. In this context early each of the three mornings, he led a “guided meditation” for any poets who could be awake and ready.
      In the cold early morning mist of the Pacific Northwest this unassuming dedicated young person quieted our minds and instilled a receptive beginning to each day. Poetry flourished and those few who attended felt most fortunate. As three days passed I began to realize the depth of his feeling. I bought his book which he read aloud at a gathering in the Seabeck woods. He, like I, inherited poetry from his father. A bond was formed between us that was real and alive, and able to be passed on to you here today. Even his surprising, vibrant tabla playing (Double Asian Indian drums) paired beautifully with Rick Wilson’s flutes. Since then, he has moved to Ukraine and is working and playing there, highlighting what I think his father might point to as the moment when life’s poem opens up in us. We were all there together. And so we can share this now with you.

      ~ Kathabela

      Nicholas Klacsanzky

      My father, George Klacsanzky, was not only a poet, but also a visual artist. This can easily be seen in his attention to colors in his haiku, and this attention has been extended to me.

      walkabout—
      a deer laps up the rainbow
      from a puddle

      ~ Nicholas

      The walkabout, or a spiritual or introspective walk to find oneself, is compared to a deer taking in a rainbow, albeit from a reflection. Within us are all the colors, and the majesty of the universe.

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      Botanic garden, Chicago, Illinois, USA. "Colors weave in and out of each other, much like people's thoughts and feelings." (Photo - Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      Botanic garden, Chicago, Illinois, USA. “Colors weave in and out of each other, much like people’s thoughts and feelings.” (Photo – Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      orange carp
      lost in the reflection
      red maple leaves

      ~ George

      The middle line acts as a pivot. Is the orange carp lost in the reflection of the red maple leaves, or are the red maple leaves lost in the reflection of the orange carp? This is also a haiku that points at the relationship between earth and sky.

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      Street art, Lviv, Ukraine "The intensity of colors can sometimes be hypnotizing." (Photo - Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      Street art, Lviv, Ukraine “The intensity of colors can sometimes be hypnotizing.” (Photo – Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      first snow—
      the road might as well
      be a pasture

      ~ Nicholas

      People often like to comment on the purity of snow. When it snows, sometimes we can see that there is no difference between things after all.

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      Shoreline, Washington, USA "The gate to introspection." (Photo - Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      Shoreline, Washington, USA “The gate to introspection.” (Photo – Nicholas Klacsanzky).

      floating past
      on this gray day
      sumi-e duck

      ~ George

      Sumi-e is a Japanese style of black ink painting with only a few strokes, but carries significant meaning and feeling. It is a sketch-like style, and perhaps on a gray day, with an ensuing fog, a passing duck looked strikingly similar to a sumi-e style painting of a duck. It is a blurring of reality and imagination. Within our gray reality, magic may be hiding in the corner of our eye.

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      George Klacsanzky

      George Klacsanzky

      George Klacsanzky was a constant seeker of truth, a bohemian, and a renaissance man. While he wasn’t writing physics formulas and hunting butterflies, he was writing haiku, creating art, and jamming out on his guitar. He was an early organizer of English-language haiku publishing and created events in the Seattle area. In 1984, he started a haiku journal called Haiku Zasshi Zo—the first haiku journal in the Pacific Northwest. Besides editing this pivotal journal, he organized many haiku walks, conducted haiku meetings, shared haiku news, and sponsored haiku contests. He wrote thousands of haiku, but perhaps his greatest contribution was inspiring a generation of poets with a constant smile and jokes to spare.

      Nicholas Klacsanzky (Photo - Kathabela Wilson).

      Nicholas Klacsanzky (Photo – Kathabela Wilson).

      Nicholas Klacsanzky believes foremost in the universality of everyone’s spirit. He tries to relay this message through his poetry, most often written as haiku. He hopes that with the reading of his poetry, people will be put in a state of meditation. He currently lives in Kyiv, Ukraine with his wife and dog, though he lived most of his life in Seattle. The majority of his writing is done on the trams and buses of Kyiv. You will find Nicholas Klacsanzky’s haiku in many international journals. In December, 2017 he published the beautiful book “Zen and Son: Haiku from Two Generations” which includes both his father’s and his own work.

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      *Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch who organizes The annual Seabeck Getaway and invites Nicholas and all of us. It. Makes so many wonderful things possible.

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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      Comments

      1. Amy Losak says:

        I may have a copy or two of George’s haiku journals which my mom, Sydell Rosenberg, owned. She was a charter member of HSA in 1968. I will check! Beautiful column and gorgeous poetry.

      2. siggiofmaine says:

        Thank you Kathabela for the most interesting writing about this young man and his father.
        I enjoyed the history, the poems and the photos. 🙂 <3

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