草の花 - Kusa no Hana
This presents a matter of interpretation: in English, "grass" connotes something unremarkable and ephemeral, while "weed" connotes something hardy and unwelcome. The poem changes pretty dramatically depending on whether the poet pauses to reconsider humble grass or a noxious weed! I lean toward the "grass" reading, though. I like to think that the existence of a name makes the passer-by stop to observe something he'd never considered noteworthy before.
I plan to put this poem on my Dandelion quilt somewhere... but in keeping with the spirit of the poem, not somewhere obvious. Maybe the back? But first I must get a version of it that doesn't look typewritten.
PRETTYING UP THE TEXT
I copy the Japanese text and look online for some kind of copy-paste text-to-calligraphy website. I find Akuziti for Chinese writing. (See the picture below.)
My favorite part about brush-style typefaces is the little flicks that in Western typography are called serifs. Western typography is based on lithography and stonecarving, and serifs are intentional features to help the eye glide sideways from one letter to another, and to prevent the skinny tips of carved letters from fading out on monuments seen from a distance. But in a brush-based script, the little tics are more of a satisfying hand-movement: the writer has been pushing the brush down to paint the stroke, and lifts and flicks to end it. I like that my hand knows what the movement is when my eye sees the form. (My sister's a calligrapher, I'll bet she understands!)
Of course, this kluge-job is not calligraphy, but it suffices for my purpose: it is legible and looks handwritten, and I can embroider it on the back of my dandelion quilt!
But first I must finish the quilt! I want to get it into the Northwest Quilters Guild show, but so far my procrastination is beating me.
(I will submit Acid Trip to the show, and maybe finish something else as well; I'd rather do Dandelion right than in a hurry.)
2/4/2023 02:59:06 pm
I love to see the different swishes of the stroke too, as the brush is raised and lowered to create the letterforms. This is a lovely idea to place on the back of your quilt!
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