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re:Virals 100

Welcome to re:Virals, The Haiku Foundation’s weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written in English. This week’s poem was

     election year
     not knowing what to make
     of the sky
          — Michael Henry Lee, full of moonlight: The Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2016

Marion Clarke recommends cloud-gazing:

This haiku of Michael Henry Lee’s really made me smile. Trying to find logic in the world of politics is often a futile exercise — we might as well just lie back on the grass and watch cloud formations.

As this week’s winner, Marion gets to choose next week’s poem, which you’ll find below. We invite you to write a commentary to it. It may be as long or short, academic or spontaneous, serious or silly, public or personal as you like. We will select out-takes from the best of these. And the very best will be reproduced in its entirety and take its place as part of the THF Archives. Best of all, the winning commentator gets to choose the next poem for commentary.

Anyone can participate. A new poem will appear each Friday morning. Simply put your commentary in the Contact box by the following Tuesday midnight (Eastern US Time Zone). Please use the subject header “re:Virals” so we know what we’re looking at. We look forward to seeing some of your favorite poems — and finding out why!

re:Virals 100:

     morning prayer . . .
     an orchid absorbs
     the sound of bees

          — Hansha Teki, Multiverses 1:1 (9 October 2013) 
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