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Sep 10

Images from Dragon*Con 2012

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 in Ramblings, Reviews

People asked for some pictures from this year’s Dragon*Con, and I aim to please. I won’t comment on them - but you feel free to say something below via the comments link. BTW, you can click on the image for a slightly larger version, if it pleases you.

Jun 23

Fun With Haiku

Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 in Short Stories and Poems, Writing and Writers

Although I write poetry, and I’ve gotten a few published, I’ve never really dug haiku. I always envisioned it as “nature poetry” and I really don’t dig nature poetry so much (Sorry, nature poets! I DO respect what you do!). In fact, until last week I had MAYBE written one haiku, a “very serious” poem about a red cap floating on the open sea. It was short of course - according to the standard haiku rules, it was seventeen syllables total, divided in to a five beat line, a seven beat line, then a final five beat line. I don’t remember how it went though, just that it followed the rules of haiku and it was about a stupid cap.

Recently, though, due to a site called TwiHaiku (http://makeliterature.com/twihaiku/twitter-poetry) which I discovered a la Twitter, I’ve had a renewed interest in the old Japanese poetic form. I’ve written a few, submitted a few to TwiHaiku, and yes, had a pretty good time with it. It’s gotten to the point where I’m constructing haikus in my head just about every time I find myself doing something mundane and repetitive, like mowing the grass or taking a shower. Since I used to balance the checkbook in my head while I did those things, this is both a good thing and a bad thing: I’m keeping my creative juices flowing, but I’m falling behind on my finances.

Ah, such is life.

Anyway, that’s the explanation. Now, here’s some examples of what I’ve written. As you read, you’ll see how much fun this can be, and you’ll notice that these are NOT in any way nature poems.

Telekinesis || I can make your head implode || Watch out, here I come 

I sold my kidney || Now I can pay for her school || Happy Father’s Day

I like working out || Unfortunately for me || I also like beer

Dick Cheney visits || Smell of brimstone in the air || We hid the rifles

The angrier that || Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets || You are not the Hulk