Month: January 2013

the p-word

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poetry
if it weren’t
for the words

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the poetry
expedition
discovers
a spare sky
for unused stars

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an iceberg
engraved
with your parting speech
I’ve had it
with poetry

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poetry–
my casual attitude
toward shipwrecks

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5

a single
error
in the code
the end of
poetry

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poetry
mapping my mind
with buckshot

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a clinical tool
to determine
the extent
of my enlightenment
poetry

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poetry
the sounds
from the empty
torture
chamber

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poetry
after going
to all that trouble
I forget to destroy
the world

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January if I ever rise from the dead

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Dribbling from my mouth into the standpipe this sentence all I eviscerate.

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The god that disappeared between massacres one of the four names he was known by in the south.

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3

On the bulletproof vest ancient ideograms for target practice.

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4

Rolling away the exsanguinated bodies a child carries a doll with an extra limb.

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5

Next to the Victrola a wasps’ nest for sale sitting inside it I plan my own assassination.

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Cutting spare keys for a blown-glass dungeon.

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In the eye of a hurricane kick-the-can and a slip knot.

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Drip-drying a body cast in the middle of a plaster war.

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9

Black velvet never thought she was good enough to be amputated.

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10

If no one deboned it shoving torture to the other end of the sofa.

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favourite*

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Haiku New Zealand asked me a while back to write up a list of my favorite haiku for their web site, which I agreed to do even though I thought it would be very hard. I was wrong. I won’t say any more about that because I say it over at Haiku New Zealand, so check it out.

So now I’m curious about what other people’s favorite haiku are. Do you have any? Do you think it would be hard to decide on some? What do you think of my choices? What are you having for lunch? Comment below.

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*One of my favorite things about this entire project was having my bland American spelling of “favorite” corrected to make it more New Zealand-y.

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(static)

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static; interference; trying; to; tell; you

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(Bones 1)

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This haiku was born out of sheer cussedness. I got irritated with everyone saying it wasn’t a good idea to put semicolons in haiku. I got irritated with everyone being down on semicolons in general. What does everyone know, anyway? I decided to write a bunch of haiku with semicolons in them and make everyone admit how great they were.

It turns out that the reason everyone says it’s a bad idea to put semicolons in haiku is that it really doesn’t usually work well at all to put semicolons in haiku. So my defiant experiment was largely a failure. Except for this one. I kind of like this one. And it has five semicolons in it. In case you hadn’t counted.

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