I thought I should perhaps provide a cover blog for the Haiku that I will publish on here. My work is a little off the norm for Haiku – it has the required 17 syllables of 5/7/5 over 3 lines. But my Haiku are strongly image based, rather than having emotional or spiritual moments frozen in time. I can’t help this. As an artist, I see everything vividly, in detail, colours, brushstrokes, textures, atmospherics, minutiae! Comments about my powers of observation are commonplace.
I am one of those odd people who have both an analytical practical inventive map-reading mind, and a creative mind in all areas: tactile, visual, musical, vocal. I have written stories and played with words all my long life; and I have drawn and painted and carved sand-quarry faces, sculpted beach sand creatures since child-hood. I love words, their spelling, the way they look on a page, the pattern they make, the picture they make, the sound of them strung together.
Having discovered Haiku quite late in life while at University, I have become addicted to making them in my head as we drive along the coast, or across the Nullarbor between the Western and Eastern States of Australia. My main problem is remembering to write them down. I have done so on some really strange objects, scraps of paper, receipts, paper napkins and so on, with nothing to rest them on but my hand, being jostled by the motion of the car, or someone passing my cafe table.
And I presume that I am not alone in this. I certainly hope not.
(C) Copyright Jud House 11/08/2011
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