Little Billboards #1–10

#1


May my crimes also
be my daughter’s:
Stealing flashlights,
reading at night.


(For Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012)


#2


The ice melted
as she attempted
a smile.


#3


A brown lizard runs
to the compost. In my mind,
he drinks from eggshells.


#4


My thoughts burn with snow–
the hazards of Alabama
summer haiku.


#5


the spine dry contours a rattle on a dry road the map of human life

the spine dry contours
a rattle on a dry road
the map of human life

(Humument/found haiku source: “The Forgotten Hawaii” by Tony Perrottet, Islands, pg. 33)


#6


Sometimes I can’t tell if she’s eating yogurt or tubes of clown makeup.


#7: Happy Bloomsday!


There was a young artist from Dublin.
The girls all made fun of his fumblin’.
To a new one he sung,
like a Barnacle she clung,
and what she taught him sure was humblin’.

(For James and Nora Joyce, who are said to have met on this day in 1904.)


Bloomsday also celebrates Joyce’s work, especially Ulysses, which takes place on the day he met Nora. Bloomsday is often an occassion for day-long public readings of the novel. You can hear the opening here.)


#8

process tastes like time brewing a harsh bitterness dark boiling minutes

process tastes like time
brewing a harsh bitterness
dark boiling minutes

(Found haiku/humument source: “Tea Party People,” Bon Appetit, Jan. 2013, p. 24)


#9


Her hand cups the rain.
My ears cup her laughter.
Then, daylight thunder.


#10


When she sucks the statue’s toes,
I know Buñuel
is my June night auteur.

More about Little Billboards here.

9 Responses “Little Billboards #1–10” →

  1. Kelly Coyle

    July 14, 2013

    I especially like 5 and 8, for a number of things. They’re good (start there!). I like the craft aspect of them. I like the idea that all writing is palimpsest: other sentences live hidden inside paragraphs. I’ve been reading (but have lost in the move) a book of defaced Shakespeare sonnets — she highlights words from the poems to make other poems. But the visual artifact aspect really adds something neat to the form.

    Reply
    • Kelly,

      Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments!

      Above all, I’m having fun working in various mediums while writing “haiku.” It’s odd, not including any “art” aspect (which I know is somewhere above the skill level of my 16 month old, but not by much) it often takes longer to make the found haiku than simply sitting down and writing a “new” one.

      I love Shakespeare’s sonnets and found poetry, so I’m going to have to look for that book.

      Reply
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