Be Still and Know

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- a journey through love in Japanese short form poetry
by Svetlana Marisova and Ted van Zutphen

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Social networking via the internet has created an environment where people of all ages, races, nations and socio-economic classes can interact with each other seemingly as equals.

It is into this sphere that two individuals, Svetlana Marisova and Ted van Zutphen, met in early 2010 to begin a relationship that culminates with the release of Be Still and Know.

To call what they have an online relationship barely begins to describe what continues to transpire between and through these two people. Over the eighteen months that they interacted via the internet van Zutphen and Marisova became inseparable as a love developed between them that echoes that between other lovers in history: lovers such as Heloise and Abelard, Jane Frances de Chantal and Francis de Sales, Dante and Beatrice.

Their love was intensified as they were both haunted by what Marisova called ‘the rapid approach of my use by date’ caused by brain cancer. For both of them every moment mattered and every word mattered.

With an inevitability that no longer surprises they discovered the power and wonder of haiku crafted in the Japanese tradition.

Over the next eighteen months they grew together beyond the restrictions of space and time but each anchored in what they could separately see, hear, taste, smell and touch. The fruit of their love is the haiku, that they encouraged each other to write, revealing to each other the mystery of each other and the world they inhabited. Some of their work has been collected in "Be Still and Know".

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