My writings here are occasional random thoughts, musings, ideas, reactions, rants, puns (the lowest form of humor), and reposts of my work from elsewhere. I also write about my digital, and film photography on Remages, Cameras+Films, and a parallel feed on Medium. The rest of what I write is poetry — specifically haiku and senryu — on Haikumages.
Though my dad was a published long-form poet and prolific letter-to-the-editor writer, “micro-poetry” is my chosen poetical vehicle. Crafting words in 5-7-5 / 3-5-3 / 2-3-2 and free-forms; taking liberties with traditional structures, while also honoring them.
So far, my poetry has been limited to only Haiku and Senryu. I haven’t even dabbled with Tanka, limericks, or other short poetry forms. I guess it’s the jewel-like faceting, the crafting of 17 (or 11, or 7) well-chosen syllables, into a minimalistic “thought-image” which inspires and intrigues me the most. And, combining my short poems with my photographs (Haiku + Images = “Haikumages“) takes them to a different place. My purpose in pairing pictures with words is to add depth and dimension to my poetry, NOT to dilute, pollute, or diminish it!
If, as they say, a picture is indeed “worth a thousand words” then…wow! That’s a lot of haiku per picture! But with the nuances and multiple meanings of words, combinations, arrangements, and phrasings, don’t you think a few carefully-selected words can be worth a thousand words (or more) too? The possibilities are limitless, infinite! Good thing I’m writing short poetry…
Oh, and in honor of the main source of my inspiration, in his loving memory, and because the world deserves to enjoy his words too, I maintain a site about my Dad’s writing: George Murray, Poet.
// Russ Murray