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Per Diem for May 2018: “Pan-Artistic” Haiku: Beyond Ekphrasis


In May, our Per Diem: Daily Haiku guest-editor, Marita Gargiulo, presents her selections of 31 poems on the theme “Pan-Artistic” Haiku: Beyond Ekphrasis. She says by way of an introduction to her theme:

Creative arts are often segmented by their medium of expression such as music, literature, painting, dance, sculpture and film. But at a deeper level there is a creative inner force that inspires us to make something out of nothing and urges us to channel our concepts and feelings into the art form (or forms) of our choice. The term Ekphrasis, “to speak out,” has been defined as the use of the words to describe, and express feelings evoked from an object or painting.

“Pan-Artistic” Haiku that go beyond Ekphrasis…take their inspiration not only from visual arts but from a wide variety of creative media.

It is a pleasure to take you on a tour of museums, concert halls, theaters and beyond, through the words of these haiku poets.


Stella Pierides is a writer and poet. Her books include "Of This World" (2017) and "In the Garden of Absence" (2012), both HSA Merit Book Award recipients. Her article “Parkinson’s Toolbox: The Case for Haiku” appeared in Juxtapositions: A Journal of Research and Scholarship in Haiku, issue 8, 2022.

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  1. moon viewing
    the silence
    as my pen stops
    — Wanda D. Cook
    I’m not always keen of the trope of using silence and its variations, but it really works to great effect here. I can really see and feel the moon in this one, and all the millions of wonderful art forms, including its own, that I’ve witnessed.
    warm regards,

    1. Karen and myself ALWAYS stay for the credits!
      end of the world
      nobody stays
      for the credits
      – Bill Kenney
      I was actually surprised that one screening, more than half a dozen people stayed. Sometimes, other than the information, and paying due respect to the entire film and support crew, there are rewarding surprises, outtakes etc… 🙂
      warm regards,
      Really like the poem, and definitely ekphrastic and beyond too! 🙂

    2. Thanks Bill and to all who shared their haiku and comments.
      As I read so many great haiku while selecting 31 for my theme… my own concept of “art” evolved.
      As expected I found great haiku inspired by music, theater, dance and visual arts,
      but also bonsai, netsuke, quilting, Japanese animation, sculpting, writing, movies and circus acts.
      Thanks again,

  2. Dear Marita,
    I’ve been enjoying the series, as I’m fascinated by the process of writing about art, especially with haiku and tanka.
    Many thanks for including my haiku:
    the hare with amber eyes
    jumps back in again
    – Alan Summers
    Publication credits: Mainichi Shimbun (Japan, May 2011)

    “Ekphrasis: our dialogue as a haiku poet with art”
    contains a few more ekphrastic examples, by myself, Karen Hoy, and Patricia McGuire:
    warmest regards,

    1. Alan,
      Glad that you are enjoying the the series.
      Your link is great and provides many good examples.


  3. Hi Marita

    as i am new here and not really sure, is this a call for submissions for the Per Diem for May?
    if so i would like to enter this little humble beetle


    fill a tree
    fine woodworking


    If not how does it all work?

    Thanking you in advance



    1. Thanks so much for posting yours.
      The 31 “Pan-artistic” haiku that appear on the top of The Haiku Foundation opening page were selected in January for May.
      We encourage comments regarding the haiku, as well as haiku that relate to the theme or were inspired by it.

  4. Scott Mason’s Escher lithograph haiku coincides with an M. C. Escher exhibit at the MFA Boston… so Scott had a chance to “re-visit”.
    I wish they posted your Haiku with it Scott 🙂

  5. Love this May 3, 2018 Per Diem haiku by John Stevenson. Great expansion of the ekphrasis theme, Marita. I just participated in a contest where people submitted a response piece to poems posted in shop windows throughout the village. The response could be anything – a tribute to the poem, a mockery of it, an embellishment, etc. I won third place for a haiku I wrote in response to “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron. The second place winner also won for a haiku written in response to “Willow Poem” by William Carlos Williams. Another Pan-Artistic approach. I love how you include all arts – literary arts, performing arts – very cool.

    1. Hi Sari,
      Great idea for promoting Haiku.
      It would be great if you’d like to share your poem.

      1. Here it is Marita; it was an edited version of an unpublished haiku I had written a few years ago:

        my mother’s lipstick
        left on the wine glass – her shade
        a little darker

        1. I just read the Lord Byron poem again.

          Re your haiku,
          Very nicely done!
          And thanks for sharing.

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