Kokako #32: Night Sky

The widely-read New Zealand journal, Kokako, publishes haiku, tanka, haibun and related forms. As usual, the most recent issue (#32) includes writing from New Zealand and around the world.

 

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This issue of Kokako includes a poem of mine titled, Night Sky, which is written in the form of a haiku shuffle. In an earlier post, I explained that a haiku shuffle seeks to use the strong imagery of haiku to create a poem with a contemporary feel. This is achieved largely by deconstructing the haiku around the phrase and fragment, and by shuffling and repeating lines. You can read my earlier post here.

As a first step in writing a shuffle, it is important to write a set of strong haiku. You can write any number of haiku you wish, but for the shuffle to work well you need to begin with good haiku. Once you are satisfied with the haiku you can proceed to shuffle lines and fragments, repeat lines, repeat fragments and build up the poem.

This is my poem from Kokako #32:

 

Night Sky

 

the colours

of sunset

rising together

 

pale pink and apricot

a kink in my neck

 

rising together

your star and mine

 

drifting in space

 

the milky way

so many things

need doing

 

I decide to straighten

the Southern Cross

 

night sky

the moon

looks so earthly

 

drifting in space

 

sunrise

is your star

still there

 

If you would like to read more from Kokako, information on subscriptions and submissions can be obtained from the Editors, Patricia Prime and Margaret Beverland, by emailing kokakonz(at)gmail(dot)com.