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A single line of haiku

Started by AlanSummers, March 30, 2019, 08:13:09 PM

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At Call of the Page we are considering a special online haiku workshop focusing on one line haiku (also known as monoku) later this year, if this interests you, please don't hesitate to contact Karen at:

Travelling the single line of haiku

eye of the song a blackbird touching the void

Alan Summers
Winner, The British Haiku Society Awards 2018
Haiku Section judge: Scott Mason

Judge's commentary by Scott Mason:
"A Rubik's ku of perception and intuition held together with synaesthesia, the winning one-liner beguiles and haunts me. What and where is the "eye" of a blackbird's song? How does that eye "touch" the void? What void are we talking about here anyway – some nexus of negative color (blackness), sound (silence) and capability? ... the focus of Emerson's "transparent eyeball" turned inward? These questions and others draw me into a state of dreamlike reverie, impelled by a creature in equal parts totem and flesh. (The last "literary" bird to transport me like this was a thrush, in Burnt Norton.)"

Emerson's "transparent eyeball"

Burnt Norton and the thrush

Burnt Norton (the first poem of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets.):

"Stunning.  Wallace Stevens does come to mind--only you did it with one line. It's beautiful to read out loud and haunting." —Jo Balistreri USA

Alan Summers,
founder, Call of the Page

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