Posts Tagged ‘Haikuisation’

Purloin the Passport


Deal with the trauma

Of displacement through writing:

Purloin the passport





Even in letters

Conquering displacement still

Remains the most raw


The uncanny ease

The literature proclaimed

Made him significant


Unflinching story

Speaks of the solitary

Talking to ourselves


Ambitious ideas

Whose voices braid together

Built around the last


Chiseled to create

A kaleidoscopic whole

Distilled to pages






The haiku is a Japanese poetic form whose most obvious feature is the division of its 17 syllables into lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Haikuisation has sometimes been used by Oulipians to indicate the reduction of verses of normal length to lines of haiku-like brevity. Select three sentences from a single newspaper article and “haiku” them.” –from The OULIPOST Handbook

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