Thursday, March 17, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Leaf and Star Haiku by George Swede

English Original

from where the leaf fell a star

micro haiku: three to nine syllables, 2014

George Swede

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

George Swede's most recent collections of haiku are Almost Unseen (Decatur, IL: Brooks Books, 2000), Joy In Me Still (Edmonton: Inkling Press, 2010) and micro haiku: three to nine syllables (Inspress, 2014). He is a former editor of Frogpond: Journal of the Haiku Society of America (2008-2012) and a former Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives (2008-2009).

1 comment:

  1. George's micro haiku drives the reader instantly from one end to the other, without a pause for reflection or even noticing the grammar involved. It's a good example of "one stroke haiku," which is articulated in William J. Higginson's Simply Haiku essay, titled "From One-line Poems to One-line Haiku." And the unexpected yet powerful concluding phrase/image (a star)lifts the poem up a notch.