September 22nd, 2005

Egrets Reading

Katrina Haiku Wall

Serge Tome has created a “Katrina Haiku Wall” and one of my haiku is included on “Wall 2”:

http://www.tempslibres.org/hur/en/wall02.html
(middle column - scroll down)

My favorite poem on the page isn’t a haiku, it’s a three stanza cinquain sequence, “New Orleans Blues” by Hortensia Anderson. It's technically not a "cinquain sequence" in the standard sense since Hortensia has mixed up the order of the syllable counts. She calls it a "cinquain trio improvisation", which works, especially with the blues theme. Stanza one is a straight cinquain of 2,4,6,8,2 syllables and stanza three is a reverse cinquain, with 2,8,6,4,2 syllables. Stanza two is where she has some fun with "swinging, stomping/dance in the streets" and changes the count to 2,6,4,8,2 syllables.

Contributions to the Katrina Haiku Wall can be sent to serge.tome@tempslibres.org