Instant Film Haiku

Is writing poetry just for angst ridden teens?

I’ve always found poetry to be a great mode for capturing and redefining emotions. Especially as a teenager, I found that writing a poem made you consider, and analyse, the integrity of the emotion or situation. Mindfulness, I think it is called. The ability to manifest something visceral from the intangible.

I haven’t really written any poetry for around a decade, but during my recent #wearexperimenting project I collaborated with local poet Ian Horn. We ran a workshop (mainly Ian), on Polaroid Haiku. Something really struck me about the marriage between the short rhythmic structure of the Japanese form of poetry and instant film.

The haiku adds a layered narrative texture to the image. I think they also allow the viewer a more intimate relationship with me as the author. The addition of text leads the audience towards the intended story, but the abstract and restricted method of the poem’s structure still leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

I wonder if people think similar things when they go for a walk?

This format of working is really addictive. I don’t think I’m great at it yet, but as with everything if I just keep making, then odds are at least one of them may be a gem.

What is a haiku?

The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes.

Usually when Haiku is taught the students are only given the restriction of the number of lines and syllables.he haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes.

When Haiku is taught the students are only given the restriction of the number of lines and syllables.

This easy interpretation pops up when you search for the word. As a total novice, I just ran with this. However, there are far many more subtle rules about nature, emotion, and juxtaposed imagery that are important in the Japanese tradition.

My next set I think I’ll try to get the essence of the mood more, and try to incorporate more vital juxtapositions.

So, I guess writing poetry isn’t just for angst ridden teens. I feel like I’ve let down an old friend. Sorry poetry. I really did miss you. Let’s catch up for a mooch around the coast sometime this week.

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