This collection* honors the ordinary as a prayer of gratitude presented as visual poetry, combining art with haiku ─ also known as haiga. Each haiku poem and each piece of art could stand alone but when both forces are combined, a third element is born.
*On exhibit at the Iconica Social Club in downtown Northampton April 1-30, 2018.
Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry written in three lines of 17 syllables (5-7-5) and usually in response to kigo─ the seasons. Haiku written about human nature is called senryu. The current view regarding English language haiku acknowledges that Japanese is a syllabic language while English is not. (English is a stress-timed, or stress-pattern language). Hence, the emphasis is no longer on syllable count when writing haiku in English but rather, on capturing a moment in time in 1 to 4 lines while mindful of brevity, imagery, and juxtaposition.