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In the early days of the The Haiku Foundation, our Troutswirl blog was overseen by Scott Metz, who curated many interesting programs, including an interactive poem-and-commentary feature called “Virals.” Today we’re bringing it back, with a twist.


Below you’ll find this week’s poem. 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!

This week’s re:Viral:

     greener than autumn light
        on wind-bent reeds
         the teal’s wing
             — Martin Lucas
               (Earthjazz, Ram Publications, 2003)
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