lit fish stall
open mouths darken
in the night




Author’s note: This video shows the last days of the Fulton Fish Market in New York.

10 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Being a Brit, here's a link to the famous Billingsgate Fish Market:

    salt-sea-bream 's
    gum also cold
    fish 's shop

    Basho trans. David Landis Barnhill

    Basho's Haiku: Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho
    State University of New York Press (Aug 2004)
    ISBN-10: 0791461653
    ISBN-13: 978-0791461655

    gathering dusk
    outside a quayside café
    fishermen’s lines

    Alan Summers
    1.) International Kusamakura Haiku Contest Nov. 1998 Nyuusen Prize
    2.) 3LIGHTS ‘Nocturne’ January 1st – March 31st 2008

  2. Dirk van Nouhuys Says:

    Good work, sharp, gnarly.

  3. marlene mountain Says:

    hi martin

    how about leaving out:



  4. martin1223 Says:

    hi marlene

    you're right!


  5. Andrea Says:

    Great idea! I really enjoyed both vid and haiku!

  6. d. f. tweney Says:

    Alan, that Basho translation by Barnhill is a bit confusing!

  7. Alan Summers Says:

    It's not perfect is it?

    I've read better ones in books, but I'm away from my library, and couldn't locate a better one online.

    Can you find one, or anyone help?

  8. martin1223 Says:

    In the fish shop
    The gums of the salted sea bream
    Are cold.

    Composing Zen Haiku: Training to Make Sense
    Journal article by Stewart W. Holmes; ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 52, 1995


    fishing village
    the bow lanterns fade
    in the dawn


  9. yi-ching lin Says:

    i love this! thank you for sharing this detail.

  10. martin1223 Says:

    Hi y,

    I remember when it was in lower Manhattan and passed it all the time on the F.D.R. drive (East River Drive). You could smell it ten blocks away, LOL. Strange about Intense Debate…

    Thank You and Good Luck,


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