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Dog's Dream Records

am I also alone
in the parallel worlds?
autumn rain

the third moon glows
a few degrees off zenith

the roars merge
as the departing ships
fall into formation

light years away
their blood type is D

lost a planet
master Obi-Wan has. how embarrassing…
how embarrassing.

hand of a telepath
warm to the touch

amid the debris
in the summer grasses
a broken blaster

marooned
he tells me he’s a Leo

terror stricken
just realised her tentacles
undepilated

to the horizon and beyond
the solar panels

nightingale song
as short as the life
of its battery

hunting Easter eggs
like Earth-born children

caught by the wind
over the replicant's camp
cherry petals

dog’s dream records
in black and white

the protein pills
same as yesterday
same as tomorrow

in our age time travel
is so exhausting!

frozen frog
the way they looked
before the Wars

my first moon walk –
what a wonderful world


 an autumn Imachi renku
by Vladislav Vassiliev, UK and Valeria Simonova-Cecon, Italy


Tomegaki by the authors:

Dog’s Dream Records is not sci-fi for the sake of sci-fi, but rather an endeavour to imagine how the haikai genre will evolve in 300 years time, how the traditional Japanese poetics will be adopted by the future generations writing about their daily life. Today, such things as intergalactic travel, android factories, telepathy etc. are still products of our imagination and fantasy literature, but if you think about it, the classification of a literary work as science fiction only depends on the point in time when it is read. Many objects and topics of mainstream haikai written today (e.g. telephones, airplanes, movies, computers) would have been considered as science fiction 300 years ago, while today they are organically incorporated in our haiku and renku. And vice versa, think of Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon”. Hardly a complete fantasy by today’s standards.

In our work we attempted to intertwine classic haikai poetics and emotions evoked by kigo of certain seasons with the objects and phenomena, unusual both for us and the poets of the Edo period. For example, in hokku the autumn rain, traditionally associated with melancholy, is in harmony with one’s thoughts about the parallel worlds. The topic of the waki is the Moon Festival, but the planet of the scene has three moons to be gazed at. The departure of the space ships in daisan intends to evoke the feelings similar to those we have while observing a flock of geese in the autumn sky. In the blossom verse, the cherry petals flutter over the camp of the clones, the artificially created human beings with a very short life span (about 6 years, according to Philip K. Dick) and severe identity crisis.

There are also a few honkadori verses. The seventh stanza alludes to the summer grasses by Basho, and in the eleventh stanza we recall the famous frog in the old pond. One can also find that the fifth verse is a quote from the old master Yoda.

The general mood of the renku is quite sad as it is a lament of our contemporaries (and descendants) over our world (both natural and human) that has been transforming irreversibly by new technologies and dramatic climate changes. A few verses, however are rather adventurous and one can feel anticipation of new and wonderful discoveries, some of which we might witness even in our lifetime.


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