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REALLY, I DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HAIKU - Cyndi MacMillan's Blog

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Cyndi MacMillan's current projects include three children's book series. Her "life as a writer' blogs can be read at  https://cyndimacmillan.wordpress.com/  Three of her poems have been published in Room magazine, issue 49.4, This Body's Maps, https://roommagazine.com/issues/bodys-map  Two poems have been published in the Prairie Journal ( Issue 67)http://www.prairiejournal.org/subscribe.html   Other poems can be found in Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=167, Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields http://www.grainmagazine.ca/424  , The Steel Chisel, April 2016, http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/april2016_07.html.  The Centrifugal Eye, Spring 2016, the Unformed issue  http://www.centrifugaleye.com/ . She participated in the 20 Poem Challenge at The Ekphrastic Review: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, and twelve of her poems have been published by the journal.http://www.ekphrastic.net/apps/search?q=Cyndi+MacMillan.

Her fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. Her short story, Missed Steps, is forthcoming in the Windsor Review. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing further publication within their glossy covers while writing chapter books and early middle readers.

Poetry soup is a friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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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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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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Date: 1/25/2013 10:21:00 AM
Different and very interesting, Cyndi.
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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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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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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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Date: 1/24/2013 9:35:00 PM
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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