Sunday, March 1, 2020

Haiku: The Art of Implication

 by Bacopa Literary Review Senior Editor Mary Bast
Haiku . . . the shortest of short verses, with an intentional rearrangement of words . . . to tempt the reader's reaction beyond that of the words laid down. (Alan Summers, "Haiku: The Art of Implication over Explication," The Living Haiku Anthology)
Our 2019 Honorable Mention in Haiku was awarded to Ed Bremson for "old oak tree." The first time I read this haiku, when I reached the third line I burst into tears. And now, I'm simply at a loss for words and must let this lovely version of an ancient tradition speak for itself:
the old oak tree . . .
its history told in rings
and losses
Ed Bremson earned a BA in Philosophy from North Carolina State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. An award-winning haiku poet, he has been published in various English language and Japanese journals and in 2017-2018 was three times NHK Haiku Master of the Week on Japanese TV. He also won grand prize in the 2018 World Haiku Competition. Ed lives in Raleigh, NC.

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(Read more Haiku, Poetry, Mixed Genre, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction works
in Bacopa Literary Review 2019, Print Edition or Digital Format)

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