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Raffael de Gruttola

Note: Cid Corman edited for many years Origins which he started in 1951. From the introduction to the Fifth Series: "Ezra Pound provided the guidelines early on what a magazine involving & revolving poetry was all about. And so the cues were gratefully received." He started the Fifth Series of the Magazine editing it from Japan in the Fall of 1983. He was in communication from editors all over the world. It was where I was first introduced to the Japanese haiku poet Santoka.

Cid ends a letter to Craig Watson in Issue Six of the Fifth Series with this poem:


It doesn't take long to die--
as long as it takes to live.
One more leaf has fallen --one

more leaf has been blown away.
Today is the day -- open
your eyes -- receive the present.

Cid Corman