Poetry should be approachable, interesting, and functional. It should bring words to life, sparking true magic and nourished perspectives for a variety of personal and professional needs. My mission can be unraveled into two distinct servings of haiku, the means by which I live up to my challenging manifesto: traditional haiku and blackout haiku.
Haiku is a type of poem that consists of three lines with a five-seven-five syllable count, and that ends with a profound turn of thought. Its short form is perfect for conveying the meaning of a message in a creative but concise manner.
If you enjoy haiku, feel free to read my Tanka poetry (a Japanese form of verse similar to haiku, consisting of five lines and employing a five-seven-five-seven-seven syllable count).
Commissioned by: Baker Prince Photography
Purpose: To serve as a bold accent in a blog article
dance and masquerade
two souls touched by shoes and chats
love is always love
Commissioned by: Susan Wobst
Purpose: A personal gift
painted feathers fly
grace afloat creative wit
a profound embrace
Commissioned by: Patterson/McCann wedding
Purpose: To be displayed at their wedding reception
you and me—soulmates
beyond words and hugs and time
our heart’s in the stars
Commissioned by: North Star Science & Technology
Purpose: To serve as a unique message on their website homepage
the conservation of life—
one Earth, shared by all
To learn more about the benefits of haiku, I invite you to download my free primer on haiku for businesses. Included are thoughts and observations about how haiku can benefit business messaging, along with a brief case study highlighting a real-world example.
This type of haiku is dark-roast wordsmithery handcrafted by redacting words in newspaper articles and includes a custom drawing in white ink that illustrates the poem’s meaning. The samples below will be included in Life, Dark Roasted, my upcoming book of blackout haiku slated for independent publication in 2018. Once the book is published, I’ll release some of the blackout pieces as limited-edition prints on 120-lb. white cover stock.