Oulipost #17 – Haikuisation

The haiku is a Japanese poetic form whose most obvious feature is the division of its 17 syllables into lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Haikuisation has sometimes been used by Oulipians to indicate the reduction of verses of normal length to lines of haiku-like brevity. Select three sentences from a single newspaper article and “haiku” them.

Hunger Problems

Eva knows her mind
is still as sharp as is her
dry sense of humor

Isolation can
compound the problems that come
along with hunger

Eva is one of
thousands of older Hoosiers
living on that edge.

Source: “Hunger Problems Get Worse for Indy Seniors”, Erika D. Smith, Indianapolis Star


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mtrease
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 20:48:54

    The first one reminds of some of Ron Padgett’s short comic pieces. Nice!


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