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
dusk the girl we didn't like with fireflies in her hair — Harriot West, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years
Ana López Navajas contemplates:
“The girl that did not like us” has qualities beyond her mere appearance. It is only necessary to be attentive and contemplate these fireflies in order to make our transformation possible, and allow union with the world—with the help of nature (fireflies) as an instrument.
As this week’s winner, Ana 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!
Final de agosto. A un tiempo: sol de ocaso y naciente luna llena. The end of august. At the same time: sunset sun and rising full moon. — Ana López Navajas (Poem included in Moon in the River: International haiku contest of the University of Law of Albacete, Dec. 2016)