Gloss for the first edition of RISE, YE SEA SLUGS! (for japanese, see rangaichuu-rise.htm)
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Special: the sea slug vs. sea cucumber
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|#230 Topiographical Dragonfly Isle turns Sea Slug. I must add a note on an earlier senryuu by Keinosuke found in Makoto Ueda's Light Verse from the floating world: "how like a deformed fish / the island chain of Japan / looks on the map" (kikeigyo no katachi ni mieru Nihon chizu.) by Keinosuke in Yomiuri Shibunsha Jiji senryuu hyakunen.||Q= Does anyone have a date on the Keinosuke senryuu? Was it post itaiitai-byou??? Also, what besides dragonflies, deformed fish and, now, a sea slug has Japan's archipelago been said to resemble? Anyone want to do the whole gloss? -rdg|
|#322 Fallen stars turn Sea Slug. Just found more stars in the sea: "harvest moon / stars fall to earth: / tiny clams!" (meigetsu ya hoshi chi ni ochite ko-hamaguri = zongekoraian504txt) that may shed more light on the slug-star haiku. Also found a Tanaka Gorohachi (1895-1937): "holding/some heavenly secret, a star leaps = tenjou no himitsu wo daite hoshi ga tobi". in Ueda Makoto's Light Verse from the floating world. So the silent sea slug-as-star still holds its peace? Then, there is the reverse in a poem found in Shiki's Bunruibetsu: "stars float up / when all the whitebait / sink below" (shirauo -no shizumite hoshi-no ukamikeri = plum-drops). No doubt seasonal tie with acme of Milky Way = or Leonids? and/or hoshikuzu?||Q = What is the story here, with all those stars falling and turning into things? If anyone has studied the metamorphosis of stars that fall to earth in japanese folklore/lit., you are welcome to do the gloss -rdg|