Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Haynaku*

I can't seem to stop writing Haynaku.  Damn you, Leigh Giza, for introducing me to them!

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Yesterday,
I forgot
my own poem.

The
real mystery,
a lost shoe.

No
such guide
as a syllabus.

Polish
is for
furniture and hearts.

Why
does she
love that pain?

What's
worse? Dead
bodies or cancer?

Why
not write
about milkweed fluff?

Alice's
rabbit rushes
us to anxiety.

Daylight
savings cannot
save a thing.

I
saw no
souls in pennies.


*Haynaku: a form invented by poet Eileen Tabios, who is also publisher, Meritage Press.
  • Officially inaugurated on the Web on June 12th, 2003 (Philippine Independence Day).
  • The form spread through the Web to poets all over the world.
  • Eileen Tabios initially called the form "the Pinoy Haiku".
  • Vince Gotera proposed the name "hay(na)ku", and this name has stuck. This corresponds to a Tagalog phrase that means roughly "Oh!" or (in Spanish) "Madre mía".
  • The last syllable is pronounced "ai" (silent aitch, like Cockneys would say it).
In a traditional Hay(na)ku, there are:
  • A tercet: 3 lines.
  • A total of 6 words: 1 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 3 in the third line.
  • There is no restriction on syllables or stressed or rhymes.
Variations:
  • In the 'reverse' haynaku, the longest line is placed first and the shortest last. The total is still 6 words: 3 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 1 in the third line.
  • Multiple hay(na)ku can be chained to form a longer poem.
http://www.baymoon.com/~ariadne/form/haynaku.htm








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