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Friday, March 11, 2005

the cigarette

the cigarette
in Robert Mitchum's mouth
out of the past

7 Comments:

Anonymous Jim said...

Now this is what I was waiting for! That's my favorite! In a simple way, it's a pun, (he's in the flick OOTP, but it could just be your memory of the flick and it's an image comin' from out of the past, but then may not even be memory from OUT OF THE PAST, just a half-remembered image of Mitchum from who knows what...but is it a "traditional" haiku? Will this arouse controversy with the grand poobah of haiku?

I was waiting for the big guns to come out!

4:58 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

The question you ask--is it haiku--is one I ask myself without being absolutely sure of the answer. In a sense, in fact, exploring that question is the project behind this blog.
One further point on your comment: there's a difference, it seems to me, between being "out of the past" and simply "in the past."

6:38 AM  
Anonymous JIim said...

How'd what I write trigger the "in the past" comment? I didn't use those words! But I think you can be walking down the street and an image will enter your head "out of the past," but it isn't necessarily an image of Mitchum from, well, OUT OF THE PAST -- maybe it's an image of Mitchum from THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, or somethin'. A half-remembered image, if it suddenly reasserts itself and you know not whence it came, still is coming OUT of the past, whether it's vibrant or not.

But I'll never comment again, how bout that, huh? I was just tellin' you why I liked it! :(

2:27 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

I wasn't talking back to you. I was just building on what you said, adding another, related thought. One of the things that inspired the poem was the impact I felt in the present from this icon of our cultural and my personal past--coming out of the past to make itself felt in the present.

4:58 PM  
Blogger not4me said...

Since you enjoy writing haiku, do you know about the haiku contest currently underway in Japan at http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/haiku/index.html ?

They allow 2 entries per person. Mainichi is a popular daily news source here in Japan. I entered what I honestly thought were two exelent haikus but they didn't get highlighted in the month of February. I wasn't exactly expecting to win (contest actually ends in April I think) but I was shocked at the form of many of the haikus that were "monthly selections" because the syllable counts were way off. I'm not sure if English or Japanese staff are selecting these but you might want to give it a try.

8:45 PM  
Blogger karma said...

excellent! loved it :))

3:16 AM  
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