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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crannog 29


Ouroborous - The All is One

Crannog 29 will be launched in the Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway on Friday, 24th February at 6.30 pm.  I am delighted that I will have a haiku poem included in this lovely publication.  I've been practising writing haiku since Novemeber.  I do NOT claim to be any sort of expert on haiku writing.  I've read some articles on how to write the form so I have been trying to put theory into practice.  There is a lot more to this art than meets the eye.  Generally use 17 syllables or less in some alignment, traditionally of 5-7-5.  Use a seasonal word (kigo).  Divide your haiku into two distinct parts in which images are juxtaposed.  Haiku is a way of life, a way of thinking, but then poetry is a way of life, it is, just as you are.  Wrting haiku takes lots of practice, even years of practice.  And of course I have read some of the masters.

A handle
On the moon -
And what a splendid fan.

Sokan

Scooping up the moon
In the wash basin,
And spilling it.

Ryuho

In the shallow river,
On hands washing the saucepans,
The spring moon.

Issa

What pains I took,
Hanging the lamp
On the flowering branch.

Shiki



4 comments:

  1. Well done Orla, Honor Duff of the LitLab who attended many of our readings in Trim is also included in this issue of Crannog.

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  2. I'll be in good company so Michael. I see Miceal Kearney and Liam Duffy have work in it too.

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    1. Thats brilliant Orla! I've a story in it. Hope to get to Galway, fingers crossed:)

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  3. Fab Niamh, hope to see you there!

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