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Becalmed upon a sea of incomprehension

Who says my poems are poems?
My poems are not poems.
After you know my poems are not poems.
Then we can begin to discuss poetry!

- Ryokan

Though I’ve written poetry till I’m an old man,
I have yet to astonish the spirits and gods.

- Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672)

I do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old,
I seek the things they sought.
- Basho