I’ve been slowly republishing a backlog of poems, but it feels a bit painful because I want to focus on new stuff. So I’m going to rip the plaster off and publish the rest of them (13) today.
For those of you who are subscribed to the blog by email, I hope you’ll forgive the sudden deluge in your inbox. I also hope you’ll enjoy some of the poems, most of which are very short.
I discovered this a while ago. Although I don’t subscribe to Zen philosophy, which permeates the series, I found it an excellent introduction to haiku. It gave me an understanding of the history, the basic principles, and the possibilities of the form, as well as the differences between Japanese and English and traditional and modern haiku. It also included practical exercises and tips on how to catalogue haiku. A lot more than bare bones!
There’s so much to chew on here that I’m not going to quote any one morsel. Read the whole thing—and tuck it away for further chewing in the future.
I’m tired of the noise in the world—online, in particular. And I’m tired of the noise in my head. That’s why, more and more, I’m turning to poetry.
I want a quiet place to feel something, to be moved.
I want to savour words, not absorb them like machine-gun fire.
I want to be awakened and surprised again.
I want a new way to meet with God.
I want to be changed.
I want art. And I want to make it too.
That’s why, after eight years of writing (mostly) prose online, I’ve decided to focus on poetry.
I’m still very new to it, so I don’t know whether I can actually become a respectable poet, but I’m going to try. It might take a while.
I don’t have any new poems lined up just yet, so I might republish a few of my existing ones. I hope you enjoy them.
Image: ‘The Weeders’ by Jules Breton