This little landscape book arrived. It arrived with a suggestion that it be used for poems or haiku, with illustrations.
The book is a gift from my Japanese friend and mentor, whose work can be seen on Instagram here. It is bound by hand, and contains very thin, fine paper, in a concertina, a zig-zag. In an attempt to honour the generous gift and the inspiration, I made some urban haiku, about September in London. Here they are.
My idea was to observe the following constraints. As I have said elsewhere on this blog, I am someone who finds constraints useful. Here’s the form I tried to follow:
- 5-7-5 syllables
- some, may be oblique, reference to the season
- in the present tense
- nature is in there