Beginning this week at the Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, Haiku Dialogue, there is a new guest editor, John S. Green, and with it, a new focus. He describes the focus this way:
“For the month of September, a total of five weeks, we will write haiku in response to photographs of human faces – portraits of sorts. These will all be images of my family – hence the title, Family Portraits. This could be termed a photo-haiga exercise – composing a haiku in reaction to a picture.
Often, the instinct is to write a description of the image. However, this is rarely satisfying. From my experience, a poem that connects in a subtle manner is more rewarding. For some excellent examples, please take a look at The Haiku Foundation’s Haiga Galleries.
Many haiga do not mention the scene at all, but simply allude to it via the haiku. The image and the words complement each other.”
The first photo was of a great-grandmother holding the newest family member.
Here’s what John said about his first foray into being an editor:
“I received 233 poems from 145 poets. Twenty-eight different countries! For me, one of the best aspects of the haiku community is it is a thriving global art form, with engaged, kind people.
Many writers sent me poems that described the photograph in a more or less direct manner. These were not particularly striking. Others alluded to the scene in a more subtle style – drawing me in to nuances. One thing I should have emphasized is that each haiku should ‘stand on its own’ as a poem. The reader should not need the image to be able to enjoy the meaning of the poem.”
With this many haiku he had to consider, this pedometer geek writer feels grateful to have a haiku selected for inclusion. It is as follows:
the hungry look
~Nancy Brady, 2022
Thanks, John, for selecting one of my haiku. It is truly appreciated. Whether or not, he chooses any more of my haiku during his five-week stint, I am grateful that he chose this one.
To read all the haiku in this week’s column, check out: https://thehaikufoundation.org/haiku-dialogue-family-portraits-portrait-one/
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