Thursday, April 23, 2009

Catching Up - Poem 21 & 22

Poem 21 Haiku

1. Write a haiku. The haiku is not just a form but a genre of poetry. People sometimes go into writing a haiku and end up with a senryu or a faux-ku, but it's all good (and all poetry).
2. Write about the haiku. I know there are some poets (in this very group even) who are anti-form. So, I'm giving them the option to write their anti-haiku manifestos. Of course, if you pay attention to this 2nd prompt, it doesn't need to be anti-haiku; your poem could be questioning or even praising the haiku. Or something.

*****Note: I just took a class about Haiku with Michael Dylan Welch and he said one of the biggest mistakes with haiku is the 5-7-5 belief. He said when writing a haiku, think about two things 1) Seasonal reference and 2) having two parts to it.

So when I did mine below, I used the kind of moon to show season, and added the gravemarkers to add as the second part— (Or the moon could be one part –sky, and the earth or cemetery could be the second part depending on how you look at it.)

Red before.


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