Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

poems on Tanzaku paper

poems on Tanzaku paper

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”
Matsuo Basho 1644-1694
Long hailed as the master of haiku, Basho did not invent the form as some have claimed, but brought it to new heights. He was deified by later generations who, for their own purposes, made it a crime to criticize his work. His writings include extensive travelogues from his wanderings around Japan.
Warm regards from cold Kanagawa Prefecture,
Guregu Boba-san

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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3 Responses to Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

  1. Vickie & Peter says:

    Brilliant quote, Greg. And I love that you used one of the longest palindromes in the English language (7 letters) in your short bio of Matsuo Basho.

    • Took me too long to find it. I would like to say I have enjoyed my teeth being detartrated but that would be doubly false since I had to google it besides wincing at the definition.

      And nice quote Guregu Boba-san. My sister goes to places and can be found hiding behind a stinky dumpster at a campsite in Panama because she enjoys birding more than visiting churches. She may be familiar with Matsuo Basho’s quote. We all seek different things. Life might be tedious otherwise.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I re-learned something. Thanks to you both!

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