"The Magical Realist" Foundling of enchant- ed lands, dweller in starry ways, mythographer. 04-17-2017 Clinton, MS
First, I would like to thank those of you who have been reading, liking, and/or commenting on my poems. You're much appreciated. For the last one to two months I've been playing with modifications of the haiku that I'm calling "murdered haiku." Traditional haiku have three lines that alternate 5-7-5 syllables (it is usually written in a single column in Japanese, so the three-line form is conventional to English translations), generally have a seasonal reference (so tend to be about nature), ideally do not have verbs (should communicate stillness), juxtapose two images with a word that cuts between them, and if you want to be very traditional, include some kind of play on words or pun, which isn't necessarily humorous in the original. Closely related forms are Senryū, which can be humorous, eliminates the cutting word, and has a human subject; and Tanka, which follows a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern. I follow these forms by starting with a 5-7-5 pattern which is then interrupted with hyphens, brackets, and then extended with additional lines, words, or syllables of broken words. Some of these poems form acrostics if you know how to read them. I actually do pay attention to the number of likes each poem gets to get a sense of what people like reading, so if you see something you enjoy, register that with a like. Thanks again for reading.
Fun song just passed along to me from one of my former students…
And the lyrics:
I have been trying To write a haiku for you Some things I just can't do Maybe you're beyond Ancient Asian poetry Or maybe it's just me I have been trying To get this haiku just right All night for you alright I'm through! Maybe this poem Was lost in the sauce we spilled That never got refilled I've never thought much Of formulaic verse anyway And rhymes are not my fort– I have been trying To get this haiku just right All night for you alright I'm through! I'm trying not to try too hard But you're hard to write down right So I pen these trite attempts At haikus for you tonight La da dee diddum Lada da dum doo diddle Dum doo la dee do There that's sufficient I wrote a haiku for you Well I tried at least And that's not so bad I'm working here Can that be said for you? I'm trying not to try too hard But you're hard to write down right So I pen these trite attempts At haikus for you tonight Words don't work like Webster says They trip me up all night I'm just trying to write for you But you're hard to write down right
I found myself wanting to write something for Patti Smith after listening to her latest album, Banga. It may well be her best album.
Patti Smith Her beautiful rage: the sharpened edge of her white hot love for all life. © James Rovira 2014 Written February 2014