Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Divorce Haiku by George Swede

English Original

divorce papers         falling leaves

micro haiku: three to nine syllables, 2014

George Swede

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

離婚文件         落葉紛紛
Chinese Translation (Simplified)

离婚文件        落叶纷纷

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. This is a good example of "mijikai haiku," the haiku that are stripped down to bare bones. There is no word in the poem that could be argued unnecessary to convey the experience/feeling.

    And George is really good at juxtaposing seemingly disparate images that effectively evoke painful ironies. Just think for a moment how the concluding word reverberates with multiple meanings.