My Contribution To Paleolithic Swishin’ and Dishin’

Details about the project/anthology in which it appears
And nerdy stuff about the form in which was written “beneath the cut”. . .

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Using the meter of the traditional poetic form — the haiku — as its basis, the “Millennial Haiku[and as a matter of fact, yes : complete regret on the nomenclature tip, but it’s a bit late now, Your Snideness. Unless you have suggestions, that is] expounds upon the basic rhythmic structure of three lines divided into “5-7-5.” In other words, the first line consists of five syllables; the second line consists of seven syllables, and the third/final line consists of five syllables.

The Millennial Haiku differs in that: unlike the Japanese form, by which these 17 syllable statements of three unrhymed lines are unnamed; the Millennial Haiku is not only titled, but is also named with a distinct regard to the number of syllables present in its title. Specifically, the title contains seven syllables.

For example, the title of the first poem I constructed within the aforementioned form is “Millennial Love Story.” [ Mil-len-ni-al Love Sto-ry ]

Furthermore, the Millennial Haiku is considerably lengthier than the classical haiku. It is formatted with a seven syllable title, followed by seven stanzas — each composed of five lines.

The meter of these stanzas follows a pattern of:
5-7-5-7-5 (first stanza)
7-5-7-5-7 (second stanza)
5-7-5-7-5 (third stanza)
7-5-7-5-7 (fourth stanza)
5-7-5-7-5 (fifth stanza)
7-5-7-5-7 (sixth stanza)
5-7-5-7-5 (seventh stanza)

Also, whereas the classical haiku must state or imply either a season or a New Year’s Month and restrict itself to natural imagery, the intent of the Millennial Haiku is contrariwise. While the assemblage of this 21st century form is rigid in its parameters, poets are encouraged to explore subject matter that might be described as “unnatural” — if not supernatural, even.

Ultimately, the creation of this new artistic form came about from an attempt to make sense of contemporary life, in which — quite frankly — the general consensus seems to find little to none. The Millennial Haiku is an instrument of expression by which poets are provided the structure of formal verse, with my personal hope being that there be no individual statement made within this neo-classical boundary that is ever deemed too informal.

Just as there was a time in which free verse was considered radical, I aspire to imbue the same iconoclastic energy by way of this extension of haiku.

 

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  1. 6:15 pm, October 10, 2012Ali  / Reply

    All too amazing you’ve created your own form (but of course, no surprise!) – love love loving the cover of that anthology!

  2. 9:10 am, October 8, 2012Wes  / Reply

    All too true, this. Love your writing Clint.

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