Though my dad was a published long-form poet and letter-to-the-editor-writer, “micro-poetry” is my chosen vehicle, my idiom, my groove. Crafting words in 5-7-5 / 3-5-3 / 2-3-2 and free-forms; taking liberties with traditional structures, while also honoring them.
If, as they say, brevity is the soul of wit, and since I count myself among the witty wordsmiths who walk among us, perhaps my love of wit is why I love brief, short-form poetry?
I write only Haiku and Senyru; NOT Tanka, limericks or other forms. I guess it’s the jewel-like faceting, the crafting of 17 (or 11, or 7) well-chosen syllables, into a “thought-image” which inspires and intrigues me. And, combining these short poems with my images (Haiku + Images = “Haikumages“) takes them to a different place. My purpose in pairing pictures with words is to add depth and dimension each haiku — 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, plus the combinations, arrangements, and phrasings used, 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… 🙂
My other writings on this blog and elsewhere are mostly miscellaneous musings, ideas, reactions, rantings, vents, blurts, quips, and puns, widely known as the lowest form of humor.
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