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thinkALONG! 7 February

A TUESDAY FEATURE

host: Muskaan Ahuja

guest editor: Susan Beth Furst


MAKING IT PERSONAL


“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”


--- Oscar Wilde


My first published haiku was written about the Oyster House, a historic bar in downtown

Pittsburgh. My parents would take me there for lunch. The mill workers sat at the bar drinking

boilermakers (a shot of whisky and a beer). I had oysters and buttermilk.



Miss America photos

stare at the backs of boozy old men

sitting at the bar



Technically, my poem isn’t a haiku, too many syllables for one thing. I call it a historical haiku, a genre of my creation, as the poem is about a place and event from my personal history. I

suppose I could call it an autobiographical haiku as well. I have also written haiku about larger historical events that have touched me or someone I know in a personal way.



“All you have to do is write one true sentence.”


--- Ernest Hemingway



My mother-in-law Irene lived in Poland during the Holocaust. She survived the Lodz ghetto and

Stutthof concentration camp. This historical haiku is a record of what happened to her as she

tried to flee her hometown of Lodz.



Diamonds sewn

into her garments, she runs

to the bathroom stall



Historical haiku document actual events that were witnessed by the poet or someone with

firsthand knowledge. They are word sketches or flashes of images that capture the historical

event in matter of fact language. They often evoke deep emotion because of the understated

way they are written. Historical haiku are not traditional haiku, but they are my haiku!

Have you ever invented a haiku genre? If so, what do you call it? If you have a historical haiku or an autobiographical haiku that you would like to write, I would love to see it!


You can post your comments and poems below.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Feb 15, 2023

voluntary retirement

father stocks memories

in the attic trunkbox

.

Feedback please


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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Feb 11, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENT!


https://www.trivenihaikai.in/post/celebration

haikuKATHA - ISSUE 16 list of poets is up at CELEBRATION! Check it out.


All other poems that you've posted are now free for you to send to other journals.

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Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus Parvez
Feb 10, 2023

Very interesting Susan. Thanks for sharing your lovely historical haiku.

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Susan Beth Furst
Susan Beth Furst
Feb 12, 2023
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Thank you Firdaus!

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Muskaan Ahuja
Muskaan Ahuja
Feb 08, 2023

Loved the post and the response it is inviting,Susan.

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Susan Beth Furst
Susan Beth Furst
Feb 08, 2023
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Thank you so much Muskaan. I am loving the poems that are being written in response!

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Barrie Levine
Barrie Levine
Feb 08, 2023

Love this feature!


linden, new jersey

our fort in the field

ended in china


new jersey summer

evening voices mingle

on the screened porch


~barrie levine


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Susan Beth Furst
Susan Beth Furst
Feb 08, 2023
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I love your autobiographical haiku, "linden, new jersey." An intriguing story, all that's left is filling in between the lines...

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