"Have you noticed how clean and glistening the cobblestones are after the rain? Real works of art! And flowers? No words can describe them. One can only exclaim “AH!” in admiration. You must learn to understand the ‘AH!” of things.” --Matsuo Basho
[caption id="attachment_1783" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="author photo courtesy of jacketmagazine.com"][/caption] In the writings of 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, poetry exists as a process of recognition and transformation; of Oku no Hosomichi, "the narrow path to the interior" that is accessed through the subtle, delicate experiences rooting us to the present. No better exploration of these experiences can be found than in the work of BOA writer Ko Un, author of Flowers of a Moment, whose original poetry and artwork is currently being featured on the blog Basho's Road. Ko Un's own narrow path to the interior takes shape in Flowers of a Moment, whose 185 brief poems are poised as naturally, as co-translator Gary Gach describes, as "a tree unfolding 185 branches, one by one..." Flowers of a Moment treads an elegant and gentle path of zen-like study on the course of what Norbert Blei describes in his short chapter as Basho's Road. To experience Ko Un's poignant reflections and perhaps, explore your own "Oku no Hosomichi," be sure to check out Flowers of a Moment at the BOA Bookstore here!