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isn’t it ironic?

My favorite type of poetry is Japanese haiku, brief sketches of natural scenes that invite the reader to contemplate and fill in the details themselves. So I found it amusing one day to write “All These Words”, a critique of the more formal poetic methods itself written in sonnet form — the sonnet being one of the most strictly constrained poetic forms: exactly 14 lines with the required rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. (I even included a “literary” Shakespearean reference at the end :-)

All These Words – a sonnet (April 10, 2005)

All these words lie pooled now at the last,
Soaking, flowing round and in and through
Describe, define, illuminate, contrast
And remake the thing into something new.

All these words now rising up in forms,
Flying, rushing, cast across the world
And ages, seeking order in the storms
Of history and thoughts that whirled
Through pages, pages, heights and deeps,
Thoughts and deeds freed from their chains,
Passions and fires and narrative sweeps
Now flood my mind as monsoon rains.

To me this is a prison, this chaos of cause and effect,
So in my infinite nutshell I choose to pause and reflect.

But a few days later, my sense of fair play compelled me to write “Rebuttal”, a critique of the haiku form done in haiku form :-) Isn’t it ironic?

Rebuttal – a haiku (April 15, 2005)

a beautiful scene . . .
the lazy poet wants you
to do all the work

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  1. July 18, 2008 at 5:12 am

    So funny! What a wonderfully satirical haiku… and I especially love that you used the form to critique the form.

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