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    hops are bitter. life is bitter. coincidence?

    Thursday, January 26, 2006

    plugs for the program

    I write a monthly column for the on-line journal GotPoetry.com. It’s a well-organized website with a deliberate leaning toward slam and performance poetry, but the folks there have always given my haiku a genuinely warm reception. Go figure!

    Most recently I’ve written three articles on the subject of haikuness, a word I made up to describe my opinion of what makes a good haiku. I welcome those of you with curiosity (and a few minutes of spare time) to check it out and let me know what you think. By the way, the article Nice Guys Write Haiku will be published in GotPoetry’s upcoming paperback anthology. Stay tuned!

    5 Comments:

    Blogger jonny-no-stars said...

    Are you sure you can't remember what you said to her?

    Please?
    Pleeeease!

    PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE!

    ok, going now!

    8:11 PM  
    Blogger extraspecialbitter said...

    jonny - patience, grasshopper! that's the subject of another haiku...

    11:12 PM  
    Blogger Aydreeyin said...

    Congrats on the article. I will be checking this GotPoetry.com that you speak of.

    9:19 AM  
    Blogger Trena said...

    Part One:

    It's intriguing how a form will expand to meet the need.

    In expression, the 'ness' is a wonderful freedom. And I think you know me by now - freedom lies only and truly in the form of expression.

    For me, as a beginner, it seems practicing with the classical could very well make the freedom of Haikuness a more true form?

    By the way, who says the word Haikuness is not a real word? The dictionary? Let us lobby ;)

    It is your expression regarding Haikuness that resonates and therefore masters my attention.
    I attest that it is real (what about that word, 'real')!

    Ps I was introduced to Haiku in high school and it was only very lightly addressed. My ex mother-in-law is Japanese. I sure wish Haikuness was a word back then!

    8:48 PM  
    Blogger extraspecialbitter said...

    Aydreeyin - thank you for the congratulatory note. GotPoetry is well worth checking out for some fine poetry on a well laid-out website.

    Ma - it's definitely wise to digest either classic Japanese haiku or at least some good Western haiku before going out and breaking the rules. I chose the latter course, reading the entirety of Cor Van Den Huevel's Haiku Anthology in an Albany, NY bookstore about 15 years ago. It's been pedal to the metal ever since.

    6:10 PM  

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