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July 1, 2007

landscape psycho-architecture

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 5:03 pm

   The new July-August edition of Harvard Magazine has an interesting article in its Brief Life Vita series, on Frederick Law Olmstead, calling him the “first landscape psychoarchitect.”  Olmstead believed that introducing nature to the urban scene could be “prophylactic and therapeutic” — a cure for the “nervous tension, over-anxiety, hasteful disposition” of the city.  The piece reminded me that Schenectady’s lovely little Central Park was designed by Olmstead, and that I could use a little Olmsteadian therapy.  So, I took a short drive over there this afternoon, and savored its Rose Garden. 

  My lucky friend and frequent Honored Guest Poet, Yu Chang, lives right across the street from the park (where we play bocce).  It is often a source of haiku inspiration for Yu.  Here are a few examples:

duck pond
making small talk
with strangers

Central Park
the echo of her voice
in every direction

someone’s hat
left on a park bench
quiet afternoon

deeper in the petunia
summer heat

topiary garden
a lantern
in bloom

after the rain    
the white lilac
just my height

shutter lag –
just bees
on the blossoms

………….. by Yu Chang – from Upstate Dim Sum  
except “bumblebee” – A New Resonance (1999); Acorn I

HaigaGatesBridgeDucksGs  (see similar haiga at HaigaOnline Vol. 8-1)

early thaw
she serves the canard
a l’orange

…. poem by dagosan; photo by Arthur Giacalone

See our prior post with links to more photos of The Gates exhibition in that other Central Park.

alone at the rose garden –
ooh and ah
to myself

…… by dagosan


  1. People are adopting different formula to overcome nervous tension, over-anxiety, hasteful disposition etc. But the notion that Olmstead shown in the post is quite wonderful. If the curing is in the nature itself then why we people should go for those medicines. This thought is amazing…

    Comment by Santana — August 30, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

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    Comment by David Giacalone — February 13, 2008 @ 9:16 am

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