July 18: 1-2: The Techniques of the Paradox and the Improbable World

(See this post for an explanation of what’s going on here.)


The Technique of the Paradox:

“One of the aims of playing with haiku is to confuse the reader just enough to attract interest. Using a paradox will engage interest and give the reader much to think about. Again, one cannot use nonsense but has to construct a true (connected to reality) paradox. …

climbing the temple hill
leg muscles tighten
in our throats”

The Technique of The Improbable World:

“This is very close to paradox … an old Japanese tool which is often used to make the poet sound simple and child-like. Often it demonstrates a distorted view of science – one we ‘know’ is not true, but always has the possibility of being true (as in quantum physics).

evening wind
colors of the day
blown away


waiting room
a patch of sunlight
wears out the chairs”

– Jane Reichhold, Haiku Techniques



one blue egg
the shape of a bird
in my hand

clutching my pen
to keep from falling

5 thoughts on “July 18: 1-2: The Techniques of the Paradox and the Improbable World

    • Thanks, Wrick. I wasn’t sure if it worked or not. Good to know it does for you.
      I like your ku too. We’re big treehouse fans around here.

  1. one blue egg
    the shape of a bird
    in my hand

    oh, I really love this one! wow.
    paradox is one of my favorite things in poetry; I love that whole idea of the poet making “himself” childlike. 🙂

    • Thanks, Angie! Yeah…I should work more with paradox, I really like it too.
      And thanks for the shout-out on your blog, I really appreciate it.

      • yeah. i gotta work more on humor AND paradox. hey. curiously enough…. paradox… or a lot of the ways of paradox – can – have a sense of humor to them. cant they? …may be this is an in to humor? may be i can become humorous by becoming brilliantly dull? after all… …i’m already half way there!

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