I know, I know. I said I wasn’t going to do this again for a while. But I’m so used to it! I keep reading haiku I love! And then I cut and paste them to a document and then I paste them into WordPress and then I fiddle with the formatting a little and then I press “Publish” and you get to read them. It’s not really that hard. No, really! It’s not! I totally can do it… at least one more time. Right? Please?
drawn on a map
— William Sorlien, Haiku Bandit Society
hiding their faces well snowflakes
de skjuler deres ansigter godt snefuggene
— Johannes S.H. Bjerg, 2 tongues/2 tunger
change of seasons
I catch myself talking
to the wind
— Margaret Dornaus, Haiku-doodle
in the clouds
how small we are
— Alegria Imperial, jornales
in the second-hand book shop, the purr of the three-legged cat
— Mark Holloway, Beachcombing for the Landlocked
千の矢の描く千の弧師走空 青柳 飛
sen no ya no egaku sen no ko shiwazu-zora
one thousand trajectories
of one thousand arrows—
Fay Aoyagi, Blue Willow Haiku World (her blog’s 1000th post)
me o tsumuri seitaa nugeba hakusei desu
taking off a sweater
with eyes closed
I am a stuffed specimen
— Yoko Watabe, tr. Fay Aoyagi, Blue Willow Haiku World
the trip we were planning
— Roberta Beary, Tinywords
itallcomestogether in the darkness for the owl
— Johnny Baranski, Monostich
des lunettes pour mieux voir
a long search
for glasses, the better to see
— Vincent Hoarau, La Calebasse (dubious translation by me)
she envies her her boyfriend that never fools around and her cherry-red convertible that never needs repairs and her outfits (complete with shoes and accessories) that can be had for less than ten dollars and the perpetually-shining plastic sun outside her practically-immaculate plastic house but most of all she envies her her god-damn nearly-perfect never-faltering ability-to-smile . . .
“we can’t help who we love”
to no one
“all guys are assholes”
— Eric L. Houck Jr., haiku
Kindly click on the links to see the haiga that are not posted here.
mouth of the cave
we enter as eagles
exit as sparrows
— an’ya, DailyHaiga
opening emergency door,
head-on spring moon
— Kikko Yokoyama, with haiga by Kuniharu Shimizu, see haiku here
— Aubrie Cox, Yay Words! (Click on the image [or the link to Aubrie’s blog] for a larger, more legible version)
Chen-ou Liu posted a great essay recently on his blog Poetry in the Moment (originally published in A Hundred Gourds 1.1) about the phenomenon of “deja-ku”: “Read It Slowly, Repeatedly, and Communally.” Here’s a sample, but please go read the whole thing, it’s fascinating and there are lots of great examples.
Today, high poetic value placed upon originality remains ingrained in the Western literary culture. This fear of unknowingly writing similar haiku or the reluctance or disuse of allusion proves that Thomas Mallon’s remark still holds true: the poets live under the “fearful legacy of the Romantics.” Could those poets or editors who are constantly worried about “not being original or fresh” imagine that a poet deliberately using a direct quote as the first two lines of his haiku can achieve a great poem?
— Chen-ou Liu, “Read It Slowly, Repeatedly, and Communally”
Hey, thanks for indulging me. I feel better now.
I keep reminding myself
I’m a poet
12 thoughts on “Across the Haikuverse, No. 27: Okay, So I Lied Edition”
Oh , i am so glad that you decided to continue! Love your Haikuverses, Melissa!
I was planning to feature “platelets ” in my list of this year’s best, but you’ve beaten me to it 🙂
Oh, I think we can both quote it, sanjuktaa. I am loving your “best of the year” posts! You have great taste in haiku. 🙂
(I’ll say nothing except: æ, ø and å) 🙂
Thank you for including me in this edition of Haikuverse, Melissa. I’m honored . . . Here’s to a new year of sweet nights–or,perhaps, a few wild nights!–channeling E.D. Just keep reminding yourself . . . and writing!
My pleasure, Margaret. Ah… I wish I were better at channeling Emily and her wild nights. 🙂
she is more than a poet
Thanks, Wrick. 🙂
This change of mind
in the clouds’
Yonder oft grey clouds a-fluttering, the Red Dragonfly! What sight!
Thanks for reneging on your words…sweet lie, indeed! Most of all, thank you for picking up my haiku!!!
Thanks, Alegria. And, my pleasure. 🙂
For some reason I’ve just caught up with Haikuverse (last two) and then it was over! Whenever and however many times you choose to post this – thanks. It’s a great nudge to visit with some great poets/poetry. Nice selection.
Thanks much, Andrea! Glad you’re enjoying.