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Eclecticisms: "Haiku" Thursday?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Haiku" Thursday?

This week I wanted to feature some haikus written by published poets, but can you believe that other than audio clips, most of what is on the net is just... bad? I'm not generally one to judge another's poetry, but I am not going to post a haiku that I found about Coldplay. Wow.

So. Here's what I've been thinking. I don't mind writing a haiku each week but I want to expand "Haiku Thursday" to "Poetry Thursday", or something similar. that really opens up what I can do here! I'll always be taking submisions, if anyone would like to have their work posted on my blog. For now, here is a poem by one of my favorites, Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Constantly Risking Absurdity

Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrachats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap
And he
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence


(Lawernce Ferlinghetti was born in NewYork in 1919. He still lives there, in Yonkers, at the age of 92.)

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