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  • Michael Shepherd (4/20/2005 4:50:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    My friend Kenneth Verity, who writes books of haiku on strict principles (his, or Japanese, I wouldn't know) but essentially a game where the reader has to link two apparently disparate statements in their mind, naturally believes that to name a haiku loses the whole point of it. To exaggerate the situation, titling a haiku which reads 'The mayfly are breeding/plop' as 'Flies over a trout river on a summer evening' would rather spoil the intention?

  • Allan James Saywell (4/19/2005 11:50:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    i have just written a poem about the colour white, the name of the poem
    mister abbekka, 'The Colour White', the name just popped up in front of me
    on a serious subject titles of poems, sometimes they come easy or you submit
    and you have already used it, then they knock you back, so then you have to
    think about a title which i personaly give some serious thought to
    a title is importent as the content EG if you name your poem 'peace'
    and it is about the' battle of little bighorn' then you have failed with your title

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  • Robert Rorabeck (4/19/2005 11:13:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    titles or for titlers- how does everyone title their stuff? Do they think long and hard on the title or do they just think one up before they post? I usually think of titles as I post (I usually write the poem right before I post) - sometimes the title comes to me beforehand and I like it, but that's not usually the case- How do you title your poems? (Today's letter is the letter W- Which was brought to you by the number 23)

  • ***** ***** (4/19/2005 10:18:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Anyone up for writing a poem about the colour white?

  • ***** ***** (4/19/2005 9:14:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Fair enough.. I just thought it was one of the priciples of the form, but each to his/her own I guess..

  • Allan James Saywell (4/19/2005 9:13:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    i like to title my haiku, the fun is in the title, i enjoy having fun
    there is no rules in a title

  • ***** ***** (4/19/2005 6:51:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    I understood that haiku are not supposed to have a title. I have noticed that everyone titles their haiku here (and on many other sites) and - though I am limitted in my knowledge of the form - is it not true that they should stand alone, without a title?

  • Robert Rorabeck (4/18/2005 8:42:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    I look like the fall of a dogtrack sliding down the drunk side of Bukowski's thigh in the deep afternoon reflected from a bottle of Budweiser pressed to the lips of a green eyed women being ridden by the spirit of Muhammad Ali- At least, it's what I've been told, asleep and dreaming.

  • Mary Nagy (4/18/2005 7:42:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Well Mark, an 'adonis' or a 'doughnut'....Hmmmm strange contrast either way. I doubt I am the only one curious about how people here really look.

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    • Andy Konisberg (4/18/2005 8:34:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      I agree with you...but that's the beauty of the world-wide web, I guess. When I get around to it, I'll put a real picture up.

  • Robert Rorabeck (4/18/2005 6:45:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Boo! Scared you- popping in to say hello- may not post for awhile- PH's deep santeria voodoo curse worked on me and these pills- they're calming me down a bit.


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