Archive for the ‘antihaiku’ Tag

“junk male” by Shell

This is another in my series of attempts to define the antihaiku and in my slow ponderous way say something about the point of poetry. To change, to move a reader from one state of mind to another.

It is not necessarily about making something beautiful and uplifting. Sometimes it is about making someone hear something. Now I find a certain technical beauty in that. The machinery of manipulation by which the poet achieves this from a blank paper, a blank expectation in the reader, fascinates me.

Blah blah, Squires, just show us the poem so we can make up our own minds.

“junk male” by Shell.

emerge (by Mrs Sarah Ott)

emerge (by Mrs Sarah Ott)

Mrs Ott, you didn’t say this was an antihaiku but I am hoping that you don’t mind if I call it one for the purposes of the anthology?

It is a fantastical poem. Real control of the energy, slowing it down, compressing it and then releasing it. An archetype of a certain way of approaching the art of poetry, using the language to contain and express energy. This one does it brilliantly.