Blue is White

by EmmaKaufman

illustrated by Emma Kaufman

spectrum blue-violet

hovers on white light:spectral


(R O Y G B I V)


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Catherine Johnson
    Feb 08, 2016 @ 11:47:39

    Lovely haiku, Jeanne. What beautiful inspiration.


  2. jeannepoland
    Feb 09, 2016 @ 10:27:59

    Modern Haiku
    What do they all have in common? Is there an essence left?

    In my mind, what it boils down to is minimalism and a revelation about the moment. I think Basho, Buson and Issa would approve. Itā€™s important to remember that the reason we talk about their work as being still viable today is that they also walked the line between tradition and breaking tradition.

    Many people come to haiku from a certain kind of esthetic that includes Eastern spiritual practices or an appreciation for nature. Natureā€™s role in the art has long been a focal point. But even this has come into question with modern haiku poets. Loosen the stipulation that haiku revolves around nature images and you get haiku like this from Nicholas Virgilio:

    my dead brotherā€¦

    hearing his laugh

    in my laughter

    Donā€™t worry, spiders,

    I keep house


    ā€“Issa trans. Robert Hass

    There are so many ā€œrulesā€ for haiku: length, person, tense, images (kind of images and how they interact), number of images, the functions of the lines, the function of the poem, the payoff of the poem, tone, subject matter, punctuation, types of phrasing, contextā€¦and that is just off the top of my head.

    Itā€™s a far cry from just sticking a frog in a pond in three lines. Does any other poetic form have as many requirements? Itā€™s a bit like playing harmonica. Anyone can grab one in the right key and think they can play it. But to get to the instrumentā€™s real potentialā€¦to play the notes that donā€™t seem to physically be on thereā€¦that is a different story altogether! Isnā€™t it?


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