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Per Diem for June 2020: Sunset

 

Per Diem: Daily Haiku for June 2020 features Greg Piko’s collection on the theme of ‘Sunset’. This is what Greg has to say by way of an introduction to this theme:

Sunset is neither one thing, nor the other. It doesn’t have the clarity of the midday sun, but neither is it shrouded in the black of night. Sunset is a point of transition. Depending on the circumstance, it may invite us to reflect on events of the day, to anticipate what lies ahead, or simply to absorb the moment. The transient character of sunset seems perfectly suited as a subject for haiku. Being evanescent, being ephemeral by nature, sunset is all about the moment. All about fleeting beauty and impermanence. Indeed, sunset is often a glorious time: full of colour, full of hope for another day and full of poetic inspiration. Thank you to the 30 poets from around the world who kindly agreed to have their sunsets featured on Per Diem this month.

– Gregory Piko

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  1. .
    petrichor this green sunsets in yesterday
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    Alan Summers
    Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)
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    And we do get lots of sightings of Swallows:
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    jagged sunset–
    the extra-pair copulation
    of swallows
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    Alan Summers
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1626374/
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    And also the terrible losses that escalate a child into being an adult when they should still have their childhood to enjoy longer:
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    sundown’s flower
    a child becomes mother
    becomes griever
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    Alan Summers
    Tinywords photo prompt September 2019

  2. stretching out
    the sunset in everyone’s
    train window
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    Alan Summers
    Hedgerow, a journal of small poems #110, May 2017
    ed. Caroline Skanne
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    This one might only make sense to certain Londoners when the underground train system map was inextricably reproduced badly and without the huge River Thames:
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    Waterloo sunset
    the Thames disappears
    from the Tube map
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    Alan Summers
    Publication credits: haijinx  vol III issue 1 (2010)
    Feature: Across the Haikuverse, No. 10: Bleak Midwinter Edition (2011) ed. Melissa Allen
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    Monet’s pain–
    the shadows of haybales
    lengthening the sunset

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    Alan Summers
    Publication credits: The Bath Burp: Poetry, Music & Arts Monthly print & CD Issue No. 10 (2012)
    Featured Poet: Cornell University, Mann Library haiku showcase March 2013

  3. Having lived mostly in Queensland farmland and being up before sunrise and working to gone sunset, you get to see a lot of fab sunsets, including green ones! 🙂
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    across a sunset
    straw-necked ibis almost touch
    a cold moon
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    Alan Summers
    Publication credits: Azami #27 ed. Ikkoku Santo (Japan 1995)
    Anthology: Haiga: Illustrated Haiku Poems (1st Edition) ed. Yukki Yaura (Suekichi Book, Japan 2000)
    Collection: sundog haiku journal: an australian year (sunfast press 1997 reprinted 1998)
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    gliding four sulphur-crested cockatoos a green tinged sundown
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    Alan Summers
    Publication credits:
    paperwasp (winter 1996); micropress yates, Oz edition, (April 1997)
    and micropress new zealand (vol 2 issue 5 (1997)
    Collection: sundog haiku journal: an australian year, sunfast press (1997 reprinted 1998)

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