Interview with Julien Angelov

What's the story behind your latest book?
""Heart of a Geisha"" is a collection of short poems written in the authentic Japanese Haiku form.It is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count.Of course is more important to impress then to have exactly 17 syllables.
The philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.
My poems were inspired from the poems of ONO NO KOMACHI- a legendary woman lived c. 825 – c. 900.As a poet, Komachi specialized in erotic love themes, expressed in complex poems. Most of her poems are about anxiety, solitude or passionate love.
Once Komachi was amazingly beautiful woman.But she was quite disdainful of her lovers and died poor and alone.The most well known story is about her relationship with Fukakusa no Shosho, a high-ranking courtier. Komachi promised that if he visited her continuously for a hundred nights, then she would become his lover. Fukakusa no Shosho visited her every night, but failed once towards the end. Despairing, he fell ill and subsequently died. When Komachi learned of his death she was overcome with grief.
Published 2014-04-18.
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