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Lisa Gerlits

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Haiku of the Day for February 2024 features Guest Editor Lisa Gerlits’ collection on the theme of  “Short Ku”. This is what she has to say by way of introduction to this theme:

For this SHORT MONTH, I’ve got a batch of SHORT KU for you. I chose this theme because brevity doesn’t come naturally to me, and I wanted to explore how my favorite poets do it. Through the process of collecting poems, I discovered so many different ways of using words, space, sounds, and collective knowledge to present big ideas in a small package. My aim is to showcase this variety. Some are traditional, three line poems, complete with kigo and kireji. Some are more experimental. I hope to inspire readers to try new things and stretch our definitions. So, sit back and enjoy the ku. Don’t blink—you might miss one.

—Lisa Gerlits

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  1. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    crashing
    against the shore
    moonlight

    —Jacob Salzer

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    I think these crows might be joining you! 🙂

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    moonlighting crows in other colors

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    Alan Summers
    Frogpond (39:1 2016) ed. Aubrie Cox

    Anthology Credit:
    “Full of Moonlight” Haiku Society of America Member Anthology 2016 ed. David Grayson

  2. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    burqa
    and yet
    catcalls

    —Vandana Parashar

    A burqa or a burka (/ˈbɜːrkə/; Arabic: برقع) is an enveloping outer garment worn by some Muslim women which fully covers the body and the face.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burqa#:~:text=A%20burqa%20or%20a%20burka,the%20body%20and%20the%20face

    The hypocrisy of men sadly revealed in four words.

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    Adapted from a longer verse:

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    I slip off skins of men

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    Alan Summers
    ORIGINAL VERSION:
    Bones – journal for contemporary haiku no. 7 (July 2015)

  3. HAIKU OF THE DAY
    imposter syndrome

    —Antoinette Cheung

    Which if I copy and paste straight to a document gives me:

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    os e sy

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    and collating all the letters in dark:

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    imp t r ndrome

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    Probably an easy riddle for others to solve, so here’s another ‘easy’ test:

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    recurringdream#16.333iso/overbreakfast

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    Alan Summers

    Publication credit:
    fox dreams (April 2012) ed. Aubrie Cox

    n.b.
    There’s a great exchange with Aubrie Cox!

    p.s.
    Appearing shortly somewhere else! 🙂

    1. Ah, the poem is represented incorrectly on the home page, but not in this post:
      https://thehaikufoundation.org/antoinette-cheung-3/

      HAIKU OF THE DAY
      imposter syndrome

      —Antoinette Cheung

      Which if I copy and paste straight from the ‘home page’ showing todays Per Diem/Today’s Poem, to a document gives me:

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      os e sy

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      and collating all the letters in dark:

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      imp t r ndrome

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      Probably an easy riddle for others to solve, though I’m terrible at these things! 🙂

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      I now notice that “p” “o” and “y” are in italics, cool, and still baffled! 🙂

      Perhaps 30% of any population experience imposter syndrome, at one point, or longer term.

      p.p.s.

      Are all the letters “p o e s y” in italics? On the homepage only “o s e y” were in italics, hence my bafflement!

      Now the question to Antoinette Cheung is not so much if the author feels like an imposter, but what effect does “The Tortured Poets Department” have on her as a poet, ignoring the Harvard Professor’s views back in 2017!

  4. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    wind uprivering ripples

    —Brad Bennet

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    A wonderful 3-word haiku, using ‘upriver’ as an action, and the wind and ripples onward to the start of a river, rather than towards a greater body of water.

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    I can only manage positively lengthy poems in its stead! 🙂

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    sunscald the river gleam of swans

    Alan Summers
    Blithe Spirit 31.4 2021

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    sunday ripple the river police hopeful

    Alan Summers
    Weird Laburnum (November 2019)
    haikai/monostich series Mistero due volte

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    riverlight

    the sewing pins

    of rainfall

    Alan Summers
    First publication credit: Modern Haiku 48:3 (2017)
    Anthology credit:
    Another Trip Around the Sun: 365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old
    ed. Jessica Latham (Brooks Books 2019)

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  5. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    raindrops
    deciding
    not to

    —Bill Kenney

    Wonderful! 🙂

    It was fun meeting up with Bill, and his wife, at the water ferry from Tate Britain, and then spending most of the day at Tate Modern.

    There are so many types of rain, including ones that decide not to leave their cloud. I’ve seen this regularly in Queensland, Australia.

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    boys fishing pointillism

    . . .

    Alan Summers
    Adapted from a haiku that appears in “Blackbird singing”
    Haibun, Blithe Spirit Vol. 25 issue 2 (2015) ed. Dave Serjeant

  6. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    wishbone we break up

    —Nicky Gutierrez

    As Nicky is Ohio USA based, this 4- word haiku could be a turkey meal at Thanksgiving Day, rather than Christmas Day lunch/dinner (UK).

    Thankfully, if this is about a partner, he is very much in love, ‘loved up’ as we might say in “older generation speak”! 🙂

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    My 6-word monostich/haiku looks positively ‘long’ in comparison:

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    wishbones the ritual with my mother

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    Alan Summers
    Presence issue #59 (November 2017)

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    The wishbones in my haiku would be as much about chicken (turkey was too expensive) on the special occasions, and not just Christmas, whenever we could sit down to a whole one! 🙂

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    Another 6-word haiku, yet looking even longer, is this tercet:

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    candlemas

    little fingers pulling
    the wishbone

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    Alan Summers
    First publication: Brass Bell “edible haiku” curated by Zee Zahava (April 2017)
    Anthology credit: EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2017 “Reconciliation”
    Feature: Per Diem curated by Gary Evans (December 2022) “Hope”

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    Note:
    “Candlemas” is celebrated annually on February 2nd.

  7. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    mansplaining
    mansplaining

    —Nathanael Tico

    Great use of repetition! Just like ‘mansplaining’ is painfully explained and repeated although most people of any of the genders will either know immediately, or grasp the meaning in the first few seconds, and not require the other twenty minutes or so! 🙂

    Susan Shand’s renga verse:

    Sister Wendy’s
    habit of explaining
    Post Impressionism                  /SS

    RED STILETTO
    Jann Wirtz ( Host and Hokku)
    Alan Summers (Sabaki)
    Susan Shand  (Scribe and tutor)
    https://area17.blogspot.com/2012/04/renga-days-with-japan-times-award.html

    My renga poet-in-residency: Broomhill Estate Boutique Art Hotel, Devon UK

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    Now imagine a very annoying tiresome person and their ‘habit’ of explaining something, even unasked for!:-)

  8. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    dark energy matters

    —Agnes Eva Savich

    A fun 3-word haiku with that pun on ‘matters’ 🙂

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    My 5-word haiku looks positively lengthy in comparison!:-)

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    was it dark inside wolf

    Alan Summers
    Weird Laburnum (November 2019) ed. Michael O’Brien
    haikai/monostich series “Mistero una volte”

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  9. HAIKU OF THE DAY

    milk moon
    my palms full
    of light

    —Mary Stevens

    A slightly longer one time! 🙂 7 words! 🙂

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    spilt milk
    the noise

    of my ghosts

    — Alan Summers
    A Literary Magazine from India showcasing Flash Fiction, Poetry and Haibun
    Issue 1 (Haibun Editor: Paresh Tiwari)
    After Franz Kafka and David Cobley

    Anthology:
    EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2017 “Reconciliation”

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    cider pork
    a magpie makes
    for two

    Alan Summers
    Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Haiku String 2021

  10. fireflies…
    the morning
    after

    Poetry Pea 3:22

    after the oil silence
    Asahi Haikuist 19 August 2023

  11. re:

    raven
    the forest
    e x p a n d s

    —Tanya McDonald

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    Terrific! Forests do breathe in and out birdlife and especially ravens, crows, and rookery communities too! 🙂

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    “Found haiku”

    raven t h o u g h t f u l its field

    The Thoughtful Raven haibun
    Alan Summers
    Blithe Spirit 26.4 winter issue  2016
    Anthology Credit:  
    The New English Verse: An International Anthology of Poetry
    ed. Suzie Palmer ISBN: 9789385945694 (2017)

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    And a three word haiku from the corvid family!

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    messenger shooting crows

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    Alan Summers (as Natsu Dragneel)
    Publication Credit: Roadrunner 12.3 MASKS 4 ed. Scott Metz
    Collection: Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)

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    Plus a longer haiku:

    a dreaming forest busy as Hitchcock

    Alan Summers

    Publication credit:
    weird laburnum ed. Michael O’Brien (May 2019)

    Collection: The Comfort of Crows by Hifsa Ashraf & Alan Summers
    (Velvet Dusk Publishing, December 2019)
    https://velvetduskpublishing.weebly.com/uploads/3/7/5/9/37595991/the_comfort_of_crows_ebook.pdf

  12. As we have not long left the New Year, and its January month:

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    hell
    –bent

    Alan Summers

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    Posted: New to Haiku: An Introduction to Two-Line Haiku
    curated Julie Bloss Kelsey


    Kigo for the New Year

    First visit to an Enma Temple, January 16
    Enma, King of Hell
    ….. Hatsu Enma 初閻魔 はつえんま

    And a nod, of course, to the most famous of nails, one of which might be in a coffin:

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    打ちそこねた釘が首を曲げた
    The nail I failed to drive bent my neck
    尾崎放哉 

    Ozaki Hōsai 
(1885-1926)

  13. {{{{{woodpecker}}}}}

    Cold Moon Journal 3 July 2022
    Shortlisted 2022 Touchstones
    (season word, too…)

  14. re:

    suddenly rain suddenly stops
    —Denise Fontaine-Pincince

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    Alas, I have no 4-word rain haiku, just this longer one at 5 words! 🙂

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    blues change the colour rain

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credit: brass bell: a haiku journal
    One-Line Haiku Special curated by Zee Zahava (September 2014)

    Essay Credit:
    Monoku: An Experiment with Minimalism in Haiku Literature
    by Pravat Kumar Padhy pub. Under the Basho journal (November 2018)

  15. Love today’s opening short ku! 🙂

    no time

    like now
    mayflies
    —Jeff Hoagland

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    Here’s a 4-word short ku:

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    my inevitable death mayflies
     
    Snibril Fray aka Alan Summers*
    ‘In memoriam’ Terry Pratchett OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015)
    Novelist, Discworld fantasy book series

    Publication Credit: Bones – journal for contemporary haiku no. 6 (March 2015)

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    *
    As was traditional for the co-founders of Bones journal, we sometimes slipped in a haiku of our own, with weird and wonderful pseudonyms! 🙂

  16. One of my shortest, but not the shortest! 🙂

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    moonshot
    Planet B
    swerves

    Alan Summers
    The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, Brevity
    ed. Craig Kittner (AUGUST 7, 2019)

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    This is! 🙂

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    into shade cat

    Alan Summers
    #augustmonokuchallenge (instagram August 2023)

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