As you may be aware, April is National Poetry Month, so I’ve decided to have a little poetry festival here at the Tyranny of Pants World Headquarters. For the next month, I’ll be making a little series of haiku comics, so if you’re curious about the inscrutable clipped narration of this week’s comic, that’s the explanation. Perhaps you’ll find it to be a nice change of pace from my usual ramble-writing!
In case you’re unfamiliar with the form, haiku is a type of short, (usually) non-rhyming verse with its origins in the poetry traditions of Japan. They consist of seventeen syllables divided into three lines in a 5-7-5 style, and usually, but not always, make reference to some aspect of nature through incorporation of a “season word”. Depending on your haiku philosophy, there are either a lot of rules, or no rules, or perhaps just a handful of flexible guidelines. I really like ’em.
Also in the spirit of National Poetry Month, I suppose I should tell you about some of my favorite poets and poems, right? One of my all-time favorite poets is a Seattle-local: Sherman Alexie. I don’t really have a good way to describe his particular style, unfortunately– I’m writing this kind of off-the-cuff, and didn’t really plan ahead! He favors clear, passionate language, and really writes from his heart. Like most poetry (or most things, for that matter), the only way to tell if it’s the kind of thing for you or not is to just go out and sample a bit of it. There’s a few poems of his floating around here and there online, but if you’re interested in a collection to have a look at, I can recommend Summer of the Black Widows, and not just because of the title makes me think of my own life experiences! And if you ever get the opportunity to see Mr. Alexie speak, don’t miss it. He’s a great and entertaining speaker, and he’ll give you something to laugh about, and something to cry about.
And let’s make this Tyranny of Pants Poetry Month Spectacular something of a dialogue–let me know if you have any poem & poet recommendations!