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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 93 | volume XVI | November-December, 2013



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Blesok no. 93November-December, 2013
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Haiku Awakening

Vasko Markovski’s Corporate Morning


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Vladimir Martinovski

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Many writers from various periods and places have admitted that it was exceptionally difficult to consistently follow the creative credo “not a day without a written line”.
    

How much (more) difficult it is to pursuit – not only consistently but also quite successfully – the creative challenge (and even an endeavor) that the young writer Vasko Markovski has set for himself at the beginning of 2012:  to write a haiku every day of the year, and make it accessible for the public via dobrivesti.mk portal?!
    As a reader of Vasko Markovski’s everyday haiku thoughts, I was especially thrilled by his decision to shape his debut haiku writing into a book called Corporate Morning (2013), composed of haiku poems written before the ambitious project “Haiku Diary”.
    There are three striking features in Markovski’s lyrical oeuvre Corporate Morning that make him recognizable in the current haiku scene.

2.

First, a “specialty” (but also one of the key thematic issues) of this book is the “morning haiku”, which could also be called “haiku-alba”: I share kindness / with the first roosters. / A new day is born; or Divine sunrise / was offered by the Almighty. /My father’s commemoration.
    If the poet of the Japanese haiku at least with one word (Jap. kigo) indicates the season which has been covered by the poem, a significant part of Vasko Markovski’s poems contain a broad spectrum of original “kigos” referring to the start of the day.
    

The sunrise, dawn, morning or the act of awakening is experienced by the poet as a “new miracle” every day. In Markovski’s poems each awakening can bring a new surprise: I have become a fakir / on my son’s toys / among the bed sheets. Indeed, we can never be sure how we will wake up, or what will wake us up, as presented in the chain of Markovski’s poetic images dedicated to awakening: The sun awakens us / with drawings on the wall / -- the day has grown up or A brake squeaked. / I went to bed without an alarm, / I was awakened by bus number 5 or My dumb neighbor / called the repairmen / on Holy Sunday.

3.

It is these poetic images that lead us to the second feature of Markovski’s haiku: the urban living stamp. Apart from the poems dedicated to the awakening of the lyrical subject, the verses dedicated to the awakening of the city are quite striking:






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