Words and Music

Songs combine the rhythm of musical instruments and the rhythm of words. Songs are a mix. Poetry, on the other hand, and all writing really, is an a capella song. Poetry carries its music through only the instrument of words. I think Leonard Cohen would understand this. He writes poems and sings them. Songwriting adds … More Words and Music

Haiku workshop

Like many in the US, I grew up believing that haiku was any poem that followed a 5-7-5 syllable, 3-line format. We wrote them as kids. Any topic was fair game as long as it adhered to the syllable and line restrictions. I never thought much about it beyond that. Decades later, I discovered twitter … More Haiku workshop