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Posts tagged ‘Haiku’

“It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.” —Lionel Trilling

Artists are low key astronauts. Instead of going to the moon, they sit back in their studio and make the moon

—Michael Bassey Johnson

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“You can tell a more over-the-top incredible story if you use a nonfiction form.” —Chuck Palahniuk

Rain Polish 1

All tales now wending
This one begins
In the alternate endings
Refreshed by rain

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order

—Jean-Luc Godard

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“It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you.” —Lendon Gray

 

Skittish colts
Wobbling knobby knees
Jumping jocks

The wildest colts make the best horses

—Plutarch

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“With parody, you’re referencing and sending up a particular genre, and mostly your material is going to be taken out of that genre.” —Marlon Wayans

Too Real 1

Tapping lazily, but doggedly, the lovelorn poet composes a song in praise of his dream amour. To deliver it, though, he is demure: cowered by a muzzle like a dog’s, voice like a frog’s, moves like a bump on a log. Oh, for a way to extend his compliments to the one he adores, without rudely awakening her scorn!

I’d like to say that parody is a celebration of a person’s specific characteristics, as opposed to mockery

—Ana Gasteyer

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““The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.” —Randall Jarrell

Cutting thro’ the rye,
like a whirling samurai,
never say goodbye!

You just never know when you’re living in a golden age

—Alexander Payne

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“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” —George Orwell

Yes, wee people,
the Elf Sat is cool,
unlike that beater
of Big Brother’s.
Brainchild of three
Twee elves from Thule,
unobserved by Cruel
Stepmother.

Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards

—George Orwell

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“Man can never expect to start from scratch; he must start from ready-made things, like even his own mother and father.” —Marcel Duchamp

Audition Demo 1

READER: “Mack was hauling an oversize load, bumping over a hump in the road, when he saw, on an old commode, a word scrawled in paint, bold, not faint: ‘Dump’

DIRECTOR: Superbe! j’adore! continue…

In French, there is an old expression, la patte, meaning the artist’s touch, his personal style, his ‘paw’. I wanted to get away from la patte and from all that retinal painting

—Marcel Duchamp

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“If you are writing about baloney, don’t try and make it Cornish hen, because that’s the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darn good baloney.” —Leo Burnett

Cut the Baloney 1

Grill ice-cold cuts on low heat:
subdue spitting blistering fat,
like stinging zingers in a spat.
Thaw if frozen. Warm for treats.

No matter how you slice it, it’s still baloney.

—Rube Goldberg

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“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” —Amit Ray

Chants of a Lifetime 1

Om a vocal tone poem
Rhyming Babel’s scattered echoes
Shattering a stained-glass halo
Sonic boom of howling calm

And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.

—Black Elk

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“Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Causes & Effects 1

Had the dons been awake,
the cause of the effect would
have retired the Science don
to New Jersey.

Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect.

—Albert Einstein

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