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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




REALLY, I DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HAIKU


Blog Posted:1/24/2013 8:47:00 PM

The haiku moment may be defined as an instant

in which man becomes united to an object,

becomes that object and realizes

the eternal universal truth contained in being.



? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  ~Joan Giroux~



I used to believe there was choice aplenty? in the poetry section of the Waterloo Public Library. Ha! The few shelves barely touch on some topics. Poets? Too few. And yet last week I happened upon a book that has kept me enthralled and brought me such pleasure.

The book?


HAIKU This Other World by Richard Wright.

Richard Wright (1908-1960) was an African American writer whose major body of work underscored the need for racial equality at a time when none existed. Novels, short fiction, non-fiction, all spoke of his hard life, his personal experiences and were a call for radical change.

During the last two years of his life, Wright became enamored with haiku. He wrote over 4,000 and carried a notebook everywhere he went.

In 1994, 817 of his favourite haiku were published by his daughter. There is a wonderful section at the back of the book by Yoshinobu Hakutani, Professor of English at Kent State University.

I’m enjoying reading the haiku and then the afterwords.

They are sumptuous, non-conventional, multi-layered and powerful, in my view. I savour one, slowly, like a? perfect truffle from a chocolatier.

Some (and only haiku devotees will understand this) left me oddly weak-kneed and stunned, for I felt so moved by what I was reading. I love when good haiku sees more than the surface, digs so deep that you somehow, magically, become ONE with the world. It’s like... hmmm.... a true haiku poet is nothing and everything (?Anyone getting me?)

I am not a haiku poet. Sure, I dabble, please myself and share my shorties with friends. One day, I may, just for the heck of it, send of a few to a slush pile on some hapless editor’s desk. For now, I’m content to explore the form. Knowing what I enjoy, I’ve gained confidence in staying true to my preferred style and voice. Opening this book had me sighing. There and there! Hundreds of haiku written the way I love to write haiku, the way I love to READ haiku, as one continuous thought, no grammatical severance... BUT (big but) with an INVISIBLE division made by the SOLID juxtaposition of two observations occurring nigh-simultaneously. The aha is profound. I wish I could? tell this man, THANK YOU. I do not need to change my style, only HONE it!

I thought I’d share a few that especially touched me...

I left the first word to each line capitalized for two reasons. One, I wrote this in Word. Two, this is how his haiku appear in the published book.



I am nobody:
A red sinking sun
Took my name away


The crow flew so fast
That he left his lonely caw
Behind in the fields


A bright glowing moon
Pouring out its radiance
Upon tall tombstones


Winter rain at night
Sweetening the taste of bread
And spicing the soup


Fiery apples
Are searing the tree leaves
And singeing the grass


The blue of this sky
Sounds so loud that it can be heard
Only with our eyes


This said in frogpond, the haiku magazine published by the haiku Society of America, “It is gratifying to see Richard Wright’s haiku receive increased critical attention.”


http://www.hsa-haiku.org/frogpond/backissues/34-2-Frogpond-Summer2011.pdf

Anyway, chums. I am barely writing a thing... life is topsy-turvy, here. I am so tired that I think brain cells have been slain. There have been days I can barely make it to 9 pm. Not whining! But I do so want to write. Thing is, first I need to THINK. HA!

xoxox

Happy weekend to all.
Be well... write as your heart dictates... keep us posted!





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  1. Date: 1/25/2013 2:27:00 PM
    I love his work, and have read this book several times. He has inspired much of my more recent haiku. He wrote the over 4000 haiku while he knew he was dying in just eighteen months. very few were published during his life time. Thanks for reminding us of this great poet.

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  1. Date: 1/25/2013 10:21:00 AM
    Different and very interesting, Cyndi.

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  1. Date: 1/25/2013 8:15:00 AM
    these are outstanding examples of haiku the way I wish I could write them!!

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  1. Date: 1/25/2013 12:27:00 AM
    Oh! I love every one of these tit-bits offered. I'm rolling it on my tongue and can taste the richness of the thoughts which went into writing every one of these. And the caps? and the gerunds? And no punctuation? And the personal nouns? Wow!! ;-) Yes, haiku (I have felt) is very personal. It is like a fav song - who am I to say what someone else must listen to. Your introduction says it all: "The haiku moment...." frogpond has helped me a great deal to understand my haiku - although not published, I enjoy the genre for my own gratification. Relax, Cyndi, we will be here when you get back. I am starting with my course on Monday, and my time on here will then be far and few between. Love, Su

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  1. Date: 1/24/2013 9:13:00 PM
    Chums, sorry for not reading more of your works, leaving more comments and I have a dozen soupies to answer! I am basically having mommy burn-out at the moment, getting little sleep and except for a few blogs, barely able to organize my thoughts... February has always been rough on me. I have a touch of S.A.D. and I think it hit early this year. My cousin says the same thing (genetic?) Anyways, you all know I think the world of you. I will try to catch up soon. Mystic Rose, you're top of my list. Cold, eh? WIND CHILL? ARGH! Brrrrrrr.... xox Cyndi Francine, I'm with you! WINTER SUCKS.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2013 9:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Su, if you stop by to read this, I will also write you soon (hopefully tomorrow, some time)! So sorry. Want to give you more than a smile and nod, okay? Thank you for your kind words! Hugs!

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