Richard Wright Loved Haiku. What?
I’m not even sure where to start with this post. Apparently, Richard Wright, one of the preeminent writers of the 20th Century, author of Native Son, was really passionate about haiku.
I’m not a haiku kind of guy. For that matter, I’m not really into poetry that much either. Though I know they are a serious matter for the Japanese, I’ve always thought haiku were the little booger-faced brother of the literary world. So seeing Richard Wright so into them, enough to write an entire book of haiku (Haiku: This Other World), is, well…interesting.
I found this site that displays a lot of Wright’s haiku. A few of my favorites:
1) In the falling snow
A laughing boy holds out his palms
Until they are white.
2) A bloody knife blade
Is being licked by a cat
At hog-killing time.
3) With indignation
A little girl spanks her doll, –
The sound of spring rain.
Not bad. Not bad at all, Richard Wright. Who knew haiku could be so thought provoking?
I’m inspired! Check out my haiku:
I need a bookshelf
Bigger than the one I have
For all of these books.
So there you go. Haiku on a Monday morning. What better way to start your day?
Do you haiku?
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