“Properly considered, [haiku] is . . . the world’s longest poem. . . . [H]aiku becomes the agglomeration of thousands, even millions, of small moments, from nearly the same number of poets over several centuries, shared by way of a common form. We are a part of this far-ranging community, and as such can feel the power which community can bring to such an enterprise.”

Jim Kacian

/ “first thoughts—a haiku primer”

5 thoughts on “web

  1. Why seek to conflate this tiny form or make it something so different than poetry to which it belongs. It strikes me as defensive on both counts.
    If the contents of the writings on science since Ptolemy were considered it would make all the writings of haiku worldwide the size of an ant, which it is, delicate, fascinating, but an ant in the history of thought.

  2. “Ants are the leading removers of dead creatures on the land. And the rest of life is substantially dependent upon them.”


    “In many environments, take away the ants and there would be partial collapses in many of the land ecosystems.”

    E. O. Wilson

  3. Interesting. But then there is the earth itself and water and sky and the creatures dead and alive in the first place-ecosystems to begin with. Take these away and there would have been no ants in the first place.

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