Donall Dempsey – one half of Dempsey and Windle Publishing with my wife Janice in Guildford. Ireland’s First Poet in Residence in a Secondary School. Four books of poetry and has read all over Britain as well as festivals in France, Ireland and India.
I believe haiku is the art of seeing rather than just mere looking. It is a unique view and perspective and awareness all fused into this tiny moment that can say so much. The ordinary in the extraordinary and the extraordinary in the ordinary captured in a fleeting glimpse. I always carry a camera in my pocket and take it for a haiku walk as well… being made more observant by its presence. Photos will provoke haiku and aid in the art of seeing. I also like to write haibun to extend the observation or backstory to the haiku so as to show how it came about. I like the way a haiku will bleed into the prose and both will inform the other.
I also use haiku to write poems letting the original haiku begat another haiku so that it grows a poem.
Great to have people with like minds and on the same frequency. Friendliness and camaraderie and interaction with others. A very enjoyable and entertaining experience. Always a delight to read and be read and show how others will deal with the same prompt. Vive la difference. People being people and poets being poets. Good for the wellbeing especially in these times!
“…the Spinach Armada…”
“…Anne of Cleavage…”
Year 7 get to grips with history
I originally wrote the poem version of this with its narrative drive and all the elements of the class and the teaching.
The haiku on the other hand just yokes together the two quotes from the kids and then simply states how these innocents try to grasp what is merely sound (but not sense) to them.
cold grey rain
an old 78 colouring it in
in glorious Carmen
And here is a memory of listening to a gramophone like you see in His Master’s Voice ad on an incredibly wet wet grey grey day beyond compare but the voice of the long dead singer (my daughter calls records “the voices of ghosts” and having the miserable day coloured in like a colouring book with Carmen as if it were an emotional crayon that one could use.
Dónall of the Dempseys.
NOTE: Haibun is a combination fo two poems a prose poem and a haiku. https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/haibun-poems-poetic-form