How to Haiku


Haiku (俳句 high-koo) are short poems that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience.

It is the Japanese idea that the haiku should be able to be expressed in one breath.

The Japanese word kiru, which means “cutting,” expresses the notion that haiku should always contain two juxtaposed ideas. The two parts are grammatically independent, and are distinct in imagery.

The season or changing of the seasons,  in Japanese, kigo, is an essential element of haiku.

Two ideas about one subject using the senses,. Ah Haiku!
Traditional haiku is written in three lines,  five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.

From Poets.org

.A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression

Nature, season, two images, don’t say the feeling, just the images which share the feeling.

 

The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson:

 

  1. Write two lines about something beautiful in nature. You can use the pictures below to give you ideas. Don’t worry about counting syllables yet.
  2. Write a third line that is a complete surprise, that is about something completely different from the first two lines.
  3. Look at the three lines together. Does the combination of these two seemingly unrelated parts suggest any surprising relationships? Does it give you any interesting ideas?
  4. Now rewrite the poem, using the 5-syllable, 7-syllable, 5-syllable format and experimenting with the new ideas or perspectives that have occurred to you.

 

 

 

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Ol’ River Stomp, Drew Clayton, Lyrics by John Eagle


ol river stomp

 

Here is a new song by Drew Clayton. These lyrics are by John Eagle. This song reminds us of summer days and boating on the rivers and fishing for perch or other pan fish. John Eagle is from New Orleans and Drew from Nashville. They bring a good mix to the song.

 


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Waldemar Januszczak Art Documentaries


Januszczak has an approach that includes wonder without the glitz of the modern made for TV docudramas. He’s refreshing and educational. Bravo!
Waldemar Januszczak is Britain’s most distinguished art critic.
From http://www.waldemar.tv/biography/,
…. Formerly the art critic of The Guardian, he now writes for The Sunday Times
Waldemar has been making television art films for many years, as both presenter and director. Since 1997, he has run his own production company ZCZ Films. His films include:

Picasso: Magic, Sex And Death (Channel 4, 2000), by the artist’s friend and biographer, John Richardson
The Michelangelo Code: Lost Secrets of the Sistine Chapel (Channel 4, 2005)
Vincent: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2004)
Gauguin: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2005)
Toulouse-Lautrec: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2006)
Paradise Found (Channel 4, 2005), a pictorial history of Islamic art
The Truth About Art (Channel 4, 1998)
Every Picture Tells a Story (Channel 5, 2003/4)

Waldemar Januszczak Art Documentaries

Waldemar Januszczak



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This Song Will Always Cry


This Song Will Always Cry

All my songs are sad songs
since you’ve been gone
memories and love songs
all night long

My glass it feels hal;f empty
since you’ve been gone
and all I do is sing
these sad love songs

Oh I’d like to sing
some glad songs
And I’d like to bring
a smile
They say time can
heal all wounds Lord
but this song
will always cry
yes this song
will always cry

I walk the floor
from end to end
since you’ve been gone
and I dream about
what might have been
all night long
I guess it just
turned out this way
with me all alone
standing up here
with your memory
and singing
this sad love song

Oh I’d like to sing
some glad songs
And I’d like to bring
a smile
They say time can
heal all wounds Lord
but this song
will always cry
yes this song
will always cry

By
David Michael Jackson


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