Strands of the original haiku DNA have been cross-bred into many other cultures, spiritualities and languages ever since Japan opened its borders and culture to the international community.
It is our hope that the Living Haiku Anthology reflects what is being written as haiku today with no willful attempt to circumscribe future manifestations of the essential haiku DNA.
LHA Contest - Winning Haiku
drunk on snow melt
from your clavicles
Anita Guenin (U.S.A.)
This wild and erotic poem resides almost entirely in the world of figuration. The reader struggles at first to “see” the poem — are we in the woods, looking at the skeleton of a dead animal? An exposed clavicle might suggest this, but if so, how might we be drinking from it? Is this some bizarre rite of Pluto? This reading is further reinforced since inebriation is brought into play, but what sort of drunkenness can result from drinking water? So we must take the whole to be a poem of abandon, where the intoxication is willed and emotional. The cap of “wolf moon” further propels us into the realm of animal desire and behavior. You could view this poem as entirely “naturalistic,” but a good deal of the fun would be lost.
— Jim Kacian