LOL Issue #9, April 15–22, ’17

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  1. Spoken Word Poem (Recommended): The Nepali Word Warriors Perform “Privilege”
  2. Bad Orange Comics: Men’s Perception of the Size of Public Bathrooms
  3. Spoken Word Poem: “Go Back To Your Own Country”
  4. Story: “Science and Religion” — A Personal Story About Football and the Unknown
  5. Poem: Emerald Spider Between Rose Thorns
  6. Haiku Lesson: The elementary mistakes people make in writing Haiku (Not Haikus), debunked

1. Nepali Word Warriors Perform “Privilege”

2. Men’s Perception of the Size of Public Bathrooms

3. “Go Back To Your Own Country”,

4. Science and Faith, a Story

5. Emerald Spider Between Rose Thorns

6. The Elementary Mistakes People Make in Writing Haiku (Not Haikus), debunked

This is a chain of facebook comments which I can’t directly put a link to because it’s a private post and you might not be on facebook and be a friend of a person whose status has these comments. Hence I’m reproducing them.

Kc Vlaine (Status): I don’t get Haikus
Priyanka Sutaria (I’m a big fan | Comments): 

very basic lesson –

1. because my teacher really enforced this, ‘haikus’ is not an acceptable plural

in Japanese, nouns do not have different singular and plural forms, so haiku is used as both a singular and plural noun, and this applies when written in English as well.

2. a haiku cannot be a one running sentence split into three lines. the essence of haiku lies in cutting or kiru, which is essentially two distinct visuals. it also depicts a certain movement in minimalist fashion.

for example –
an old pond
a frog jumps in –

the above is the translated version of a famous haiku by the master Basho; see how the two images — one of the frog jumping and the other of the splash once he has jumped in — are distinct yet connected and altogether representative of a movement in time, maybe space.

3. never capitalize the first letter of each line within the haiku, which is also something that as the minimalist aesthetic is not limited to the words and images, but the manner in which the poem is presented as well. capitalization iconizes words, which is not meant to happen in a haiku.

4. the syllable count is preferable but not imposed, so be free but try to keep the words as minimalist as possible.

Kc Vlaine (Comments): 

I must try.
spider’s silk
hapless victim


that is three images.

spider’s silk –
a hapless victim
becomes dinner

Kc Vlaine: 


Crisp paper sheets
Freshly ground ink
For ancient lettering


getting there! but even if you remove the word ancient, the image would remain. so my teacher said that anything which is implied shouldn’t be a part of your visual arrangement. haiku is as much dependent on the reader’s interpretation of the layers beneath the veneer of minimalism, as it is on the writer ensuring that the minimalism comes through.


Even if the syllable thing is not imposed it’s still supposed be something around 5–7–5 right?


yes, but it doesn’t have to be in that order. so long as you have a total of 17–20 syllables in total, it will be a haiku no matter how you fit them in.

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