SHORT AND SWEET

Haikus are sub­verted by poet Gor­don Gor­don in Is That All You Peo­ple Think About?

The Simple Things - - FRESH -

Tra­di­tion­ally the haiku is a Ja­panese poem of 17 syl­la­bles, in three lines of five, seven and five, and ele­gantly de­scribes the nat­u­ral world – flow­ing streams, float­ing leaves and budding flow­ers, that sort of thing.

In this book, how­ever, poet Gor­don Gor­don cheek­ily sub­verts the form to cre­ate funny lit­tle snippets of mod­ern life – the hell of the daily com­mute, celebrity deaths, gi­ant scones judged by Mary Berry. His haikus range from the rude to the rau­cous, all of them are funny and they ap­pear so sim­ple to cre­ate: “I’m in here!” yelled Mum. Hide and seek was spoilt again. We never found Dad.” Read these and you’ll be in­spired to write your own. ( Square Peg)

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