Review: Vividly Diverse Haiku

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Phil Halton

Tanya Bailey’s recently published collection of poetry, “Vividly Diverse Haikus,” contained some surprising lessons for me.

I think that most people connect with haiku through their own experiences of grade school English. Trying to make a poem that fit the 5-7-5 rhythm and still made sense could be challenging, although the restrictions seemed arbitrary and perhaps pointless. My personal reference point is a little different – I connect with haiku through the Buddhist tradition, where they are a highly esteemed art form that try to capture the essence of a moment in a way that enhances perception or gives sudden insight.

Tanya goes in a different direction with her own haiku, and she makes the form of poetry match the zeitgeist in a way that I wouldn’t have imagined. “Happening” poetry in 2017 is likely some form of spoken word – whether slamming, rapping or whatever else. This long form…

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