Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Room of My Own: Mind and Moon Haiku

moon mirrors mind mirrors moon

1 comment:

  1. William Kenney’s comment

    By way of elaboration:

    moon / mirrors / mind / mirrors / moon

    Mirrors as noun: "moon is objective, "mind" subjective; "mirrors" in between: objects in which we look for ourselves. Structure of the line puts "mirrors" precisely where it belongs.

    Mirrors as verb: Does the mind mirror the moon, or is it the other way around, or both? "mirror" structure of the line invites the question.

    These two ways of reading interact to form a complex, dynamic unity.

    When I said "intriguing" I didn't mean it dismissively or condescendingly. We all have a healthy suspicion of haiku that seem ("merely," as we often say) intellectual. But this is more than that. It's intelligent.

    And, if it doesn't foreground feeling, it does give us something to feel about.