Kamesan Haiku 亀さん 俳句 Blog: A RED STAR SHINING FROM INDIA

Kamesan Haiku 亀さん 俳句 Blog: A RED STAR SHINING FROM INDIA.

    • christina
    • July 26th, 2012

    I love this work!

    • Glad to hear it, Christina. Provocative and original. Thanks for your response. ~ Donna

  1. Dear Donna

    Original, true. And also that each one of these would be mired in the haiku / or not debate rather easily.

    But the important thing here is that he ‘wrote’ these. .

    On a personal level I do not like to get in to concrete definitions of a haiku.

    Not everything which is a 5-7-5 or an s-l-s or a three liner or a two/one-liner is a haiku as you would certainly agree.

    Neither it is be a given that any poem which is not following these metrical arrangements or the ones prescribed by ‘certain editors’ .. is NOT a haiku.

    The subject matter of most of these poems is a passionate socio-political fulmination. Some of these work out good. That some of these are metrically skewed I also get a feeling that these were written in a dash.

    PS- On a personal note, America’s shooting cases (the recent hate-driven Gurudwara shootings included) have nothing whatsoever to do with USSR having been termed an evil empire by one of its presidents in the past. Of course America is a troubled state w. everything happening everywhere but I fail to see how that makes the erstwhile USSR better.. or worse.

    • Dear Aditya,

      What a welcome experience to read your response(s) here to Manu Kant’s poems. The one cited by Dimitar Anakiev as a favorite —

      haiku vs senryu business– tell me instead if America is a totalitarian capitalist state?

      — deadly serious as well as humorous, a miniature John Dryden or Alexander Pope mock heroic, for while Nero fiddles Rome burns. As with the poets Hugh MacDiarmid and Adrienne Rich, I can not separate the personal and the political, nor it seems can Kant. I appreciate that about his sensibility. Your use of the word ‘fulmination’ so apt. Like a trick cigar they can explode in your face or in an aha moment they enlighten or renlighten us. Stylistically they are blunt and raw. Many are offended, as if poetry ought to adhere to social rules of conduct. And, they are a style, that is, intentional, rather than mere hateful diatribe per Robert Wilson’s comment at Anakiev’s blog. Most cannot be reduced to mere rant, and when they are rant, well, that is part of the poem’s style. Kant also wrote this:

      I bump into my ex-psychiatrist– she tells me ‘you can step into the same river twice’

      It’s apparent there is a postmodern mind at work here, that is, one that recombines history and art in new ways. I find it refreshing, challenging. Most impotant is that, as you wrote, they were written at all. And, I also get the sense they were written off in a dash, as if in associational exchange with his ex-psychiatrist, as if in Allen Ginsberg’s “first thought best thought”. I admire the relationship the poet has created with anger, a feeling many fear. Poet Lew Welch called it righteous indignation.

      Kant’s ‘evil empire’ poem points to the projective hypocrisy of Reagan’s comment. Always easier to look at another’s backyard than one’s own. That’s how I experience this poem.

      Thank you so much, Aditya, for initiating a discussion, and any ensueing comments, responses are welcome. ~ Donna

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