Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Podcast #008: Maxku goes Shunga (video)

Salon Artwois publishes a Pillow Book.
MaxRaunchiness reads his own Maxku's to a background of Shunga.
Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring; "spring" is a common euphemism for sex.
There, we've said it. Sex. If tweetsmut has put you off in the past, cover your ears and look away now, for the high art of Maxku is definetly too explicit for you.

The images date back to four centuries, but Max's non-haiku's are as fresh as if they were written yesterday, which some of them were.
For reasons of privacy all Max's blondes, brunettes and redheads had their hair dyed for the video, but the rest is all au naturel.
So dim the lights, turn up the sound, have a sake, or sex if you dare - and enjoy!


  1. I remember when Max tweeted his first Maxku. I was delighted at his mastery of the bare, pared down simplicity and use of the traditional "cutting word(s)", elements which to me are essential in identifying a piece as inspired by the Japanese tradition of Haiku.

    The Shunga is beautiful.

    Bravi, Max! Bravi Harry for bringing Max's unique art to the computer screen with such visual magniloquence!


  2. Was that an octopus or a squid??

  3. That, Paul, you'll have to ask the Fisherman's wife...

  4. Damn it! My stinkin' browser where I am for the moment won't play the video. It's tough to know when I'll get home again to watch it, 'cause I might encounter a redhead soon.

  5. OK, so I'm over here in San Ysidro at an Internet café. It was serendipity that the manager is a fan of all things Japanese. Before the video finished I had a crown around me. They all appreciated the lovely music and the artistic renderings of sex a la japanaise. I kept my identity secret, so I'd hear their true feelings. The applause at the end was deafening! They all wanted to watch it again. Some of their comments, "I like haiku, but I love maxku!", "So brief, so direct, art at its best." "I can't believe the way it captures reality, especially the one about manhood needing help."

    Great job on the music and video! I'm forever in your debt.

    BTW, I took two brunettes home with me. My dream realized.


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