1) Why do you write haiku?
god only knows
it's a kind of curse, perhaps for some infelicity in a previous life, whereby i am now enthralled (often in the middle of what otherwise might be a perfectly enjoyable sleep) by the muse and must do her bidding
all i know is that i must continue, else lose it
and i don't wish to lose it . . .
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
i enjoy pretty much all other poetic forms
a sestina with a toothsome falanghina, for instance, its darkness hidden within a bright surface
a terza rima requires brandy, a sonnet mead, and tanka sake (haiku is so much more shochu)
absinthe for vers libre, vodka for a quatrain, claret for heroic couplet, and for ballad perhaps a humble beer
for epic, something with legs, like a single malt, and i'm happy go to hell with a villanelle and gin
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you’ve written, what do you consider to be your top three?
a completely unfair question
so instead of choosing which amongst my children shall be overlooked, i'd prefer to offer three poems i particularly favor by other poets:
losing its name
enters the sea
why go there
when it's here now?
the Cage exhibit
under the pier,
the sea roars in—
a woman, a man
thanks for having me, curtis
If you've been enjoying this weekly series and have not contributed, please consider sharing your response (whether it be for haiku or tanka) to the three little questions that Jim answered. You must be a published poet to participate.
a touch of
gray in yore beard?
&I yet appreciate yore .... attitude
&tinged w humour and ...booze
(or SHOULD I say "her attitude" ?
when you have less time
another one :
when you have more time
So enjoyed your comments Jim. You brought a smile to my face on this cold, Sunday morning. Now I see why I do not do so well with other poetic forms--I don't have the right liquor in my glass!
Seriously, you have done so much for all of us who write haiku and if I were currently wearing a hat, I would take it off to you.
Jim's choices, characteristically made to reveal what is universal about the form (as opposed to just his own favorites of his own . . .), illustrate the amazing capacity of this modest three-line form to capture analogies BETWEEN the human subject and what is not human (call it nature?). To frame it in terms of contemporary thought, Jim's selection nicely illustrates the "metaxological" quality of haiku thinking, or the thinking made available by haiku. That may sound stuffy to some, but I find it exciting!
Oh, Jim, I was hoping for a good scotch (no ice)...Although I can no longer enjoy such things I find them in haiku...such as:
"dead reckoning the moment the tide reverses" ...from your little book "dead reckoning"... You've always been a great guide... Many thanks, Merrill
Since Jim didn't include any of his own stuff, I'm going to have the temerity of posting one of my favorites:
by a dog I don't know
More of his work is also available on his Haiku Registry page at The Haiku Foundation (sorry - I don't know how to add hyperlinks in a blog message).
Happy holidays to all,
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