Monday, April 02, 2012

Haynaku Disconnected

There's a relationship between these Haynaku*, but I'm not sure what it is.  Maybe it doesn't really matter.

clip you,
like a coupon.

you are
the stranger. Good.

memory is
your memory. Goodbye.

last piece
of hair, weeping.

  • *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.
  • 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.
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