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2016 Haiku

25 July 2016


Haiku is a form of poetry that appeals to me in significant and growing ways: they are the right size for an impatient poet; they have strict formal requirements* within which the writer has complete freedom of subject and word-choice; they align with my current professional goal of saying meaningful things very efficiently and in a very small space.

This slide show contains the best of a recent prolific period. After writing a few poems a year for years, I recently picked up a paper notebook, and wrote 30 haiku in about 20 days. And, *no, haiku don’t have to follow any rules to be good, and there’s not a consensus on how to translate ancient rules of haiku into English, but I decided to follow a strict, traditional, western syllable limit for the poems.

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