Il bellissimo commento di Nicholas Klacsanzky al mio haiku “endless mantra”.
summer wind –
in the sound of waves
an endless mantra
© Maria Laura Valente (Italy)
The Mainichi, October 18th, 2016
We start with “summer wind,” which is soothing in enduring heat. The poet also makes a note of the season, and allows readers to unload all their notions of summer into their reading of the haiku. Seasonal references in haiku act this way: they allow our personal histories with a certain period of time and ideas of culture associated with it to pour out. That is one of the reasons haiku can be so small: the amount of associations poets can infer through seasonal references and selective words can produce much more than what is written.
The poet then uses a dash, which is a good choice in order to not bleed the first line into the second one. In addition, it allows the reader to pause, and…
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