Oulipost challenge for today: 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.
The first thing I discover is that it is going to be impossible to come close to the idea of juxtaposing two images when using a single sentence. Then I look again, and find that maybe it isn’t impossible at all:
Scrape ice from the windshield
curse the cold:
summer sunshine now
deep yellow, silky
stand up in pan
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