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Slip-Realism at Per Diem
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:04:00 PM »
Slip-Realism at Per Diem, the daily haiku feature at THF:


Haiku is replete with the quotidian—it is the everyday that is the stuff of our poetry. And yet, what makes it of interest is our perception of it as not ordinary, as, in fact, uncanny. Slip-realism aims to explicate this daily miracle.

January Per Diem editor Alan Summers defines it thus:

Slip-Realism—unearthing the anonymous; avoiding the straightforward; parallel narratives in our day and night lives: new ways of perceiving the real (after Nouveau réalisme).

Alan goes on to describe what he’s looking for:

It’s an approach to focusing on subjects often on the periphery of our vision. It’s also incorporating, where possible, sound as essence; aural landscape; or visual marker, because we are surrounded by soundscape. Think of yourself as just freshly kidnapped, hood over your head, perhaps in the trunk of a car, and you need sound markers to gauge the journey.

Slip-Realism is about the ‘side’ of things, and ‘on the edge’ outside day-to-day life of the mainstream of public life.


January 1st, 2014

Elbowed by that north wind
I step aside and see it
fling the lark skyward

– Dru Marland

January 2nd, 2014

a yowling stray
the saucer of milk
iced over

- Neal Whitman

Enjoy the rest of the January haiku at Per Diem:

warm regards,