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Dylan Tweney is an editor at Wired and has been publishing tinywords, a daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry, since 2000. In this presentation, he talks about how haiku can change your life.

Dylan Tweney is an editor at Wired and has been publishing tinywords, a daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry, since 2000. In this presentation, he talks about how haiku can change your life.

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  • by Dylan Tweney Practical Haiku How a tiny, ancient form of poetry can make your life better by making you more creative, a better writer, happier, nicer to be around, more productive, sexier …
  • Everybody knows how to write haiku, right? 5 Haiku are easy 7 But sometimes they don’t make sense 5 Refrigerator Rolf Nelson, threadless.com
  • Actually, it’s not so simple There’s a lot more to haiku than counting syllables. On a withered bough on a bare branch A crow alone is perching; a crow lands Autumn evening now. autumn dusk Basho, tr. Kenneth Yasuda Basho, tr. Jane Reichhold
  • But it’s a lot more fun! sudden downpour – no one wins the wet-t-shirt contest David Giacalone
  • How haiku helps you live better Haiku helps you write more precisely home addition– the carpenter's math penciled on drywall Barry George
  • Photo: GregHickman Haiku helps you see The message that precedes all others -- in art as well as life -- is simple: pay attention Harlan Ellison
  • Haiku teaches patience… Because you can’t always go out and make a haiku, you often have to wait for one to come to you.
  • Haiku helps you appreciate the small, wonderful things in life Like cherry petals, ants, spoons, blades of grass, peeling paint, nuts and bolts, dew, earlobes, discarded coins, scraps of paper, oil rainbows in puddles, snowflakes, stray wisps of hair … Photo: Lily
  • The haiku way: How you can make it happen 1. Read haiku every day Daily Issa http://cat.xula.edu/issa/ Mann Library, Cornell http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/ @dailyku tinywords.com
  • The haiku way 1.  Read haiku every day 2.  Write haiku every day
  • The haiku way 1.  Read haiku every day 2.  Write haiku every day 3.  Be alert to haiku moments morning news with the paper, I bring in a cherry petal Dylan Tweney
  • Haiku Basics: Immediacy Right here, right now. Lookit this! Photo: Funkandjazz
  • Photo: intherough Think small Mars landing -- a tendril of red dust shifts from a footfall Alan Summers
  • Show, don’t tell in the old stable we made hot, passionate love like wild horses do anonymous horrible poet stolen kisses barn swallows twitter in the eaves Mike Farley
  • Contrast/ comparison 2 parts: short - long or long - short the whoosh of steam from the espresso machine – frosty evening Charles Trumbull
  • Use natural language If you can’t say it with a straight face, try again
  • in one breath the whole autumn Valeria Simonova-Cecon “One breath poetry” 10-12 syllables is usually enough
  • Look at the world as a “what's wrong with this picture?” puzzle mannequin faces a cosmetic counter woman offers a spritz Jeffrey Winke Photo: Lisa Brewster
  • Share your haiku with others ReadWritePoem.org WorldHaikuReview.org Haiku Poets of Northern California – hpnc.org Or, just write haiku and send them to your friends, leave them tucked in library books, on Muni, scrawled on the bathroom wall…
  • dylan@tweney.com @tinywords @dylan20 Happy haiku-ing hum of the laptop watching a lost world flicker to life Dylan Tweney