Tiffany Shaw-Diaz — Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Winner 2021
Tiffany Shaw-Diaz is the recipient of a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for 2021 for her poem
not every color
has a name . . .
— (Stardust Haiku 50)
Commentary from the Panel:
This haiku imbues the reader with multiple sensations and transports them across barriers of time and space. How does the poet accomplish this? By linking the notes of a haiku, its musicality, to the genre of jazz. On one level, these three lines can be read as a definition of jazz. The use of the ellipsis in line two, a notation also used by composers, invokes images of musical memory. For this reader, they are of a jazz solo heard first on a record player and later in a basement jazz club. But what sets this haiku apart is that its myriad notes continue to play long after an initial reading. Whether read silently or aloud, this evocative haiku is its own musical form.
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Congratulations, a lovely haiku that is so memorable.
This is an Irish version of the above haiku:
ar gach dath . . .
snagcheol um meán oíche
Some etymologists think that the word ‘jazz’ comes from the Irish word ‘teas’.
Congratulations! I’m going to put on some Bill Evans now . . .
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