Posts Tagged ‘Political Haiku’

“‘Nobody is winning’ Afghan war, admits McChrystal” (Matsuo Basho)

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

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………………..summer grasses
………………..all that remains
………………..of soldier’s dreams

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Headlines:

“‘Nobody is winning’ Afghan war, admits McChrystal” (NZ Herald)

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Classical Japanese haiku by Basho, translated by Dick Whyte. Read more classical Japanese translations.

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Vol. 1 No. 6: Claire Everett, Michael Henry Lee, Bill Kenney, Janet Lynn Davis, Neal Whitman

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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“Whitney Houston, US singer and actress, dies aged 48″ (BBC)

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dirty linen…
deep in the thicket
a nightingale

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Poem by Claire Everett. Read more by this poet.

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“University Selling Morning After Pill In Vending Machine” (WTAE)

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morning after
the world’s population
minus one

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Poem  by Michael Henry Lee. Read more by this poet.

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“Romney Is Focus as Battle in G.O.P. Takes Sharp Edge” (New York Times)

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primary –
the politician takes a stand
against politics

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Poem by Bill Kenney. Read more by this poet.

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“Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Accel Partners Biggest Winners in IPO” (Business Week)

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IPO looming. . .
Zuckerberg’s face poised
to grow bigger

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis. Read more by this poet.

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“Russia Gives New U.S. Envoy a Cold Reception” (NY Times)

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third class ticket
ruffles the diplomat’s feathers
the Party’s over

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Poem by Neal Whitman. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 9: Paul Smith, John McManus, Bill Kenney, Robert Moyer, Neal Whitman

Monday, March 12th, 2012

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“St. Petersburg Homosexuality Bill” (Huffington Post)

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looking on…
the mountain’s silence
says it all

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Poem by Paul Smith. Read more by this poet.

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“Riot police break up anti-Putin protest” (NZ Herald)

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morning sickness
I pause the footage
of last night’s riot

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Poem by John McManus. Read more by this poet.

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“Santorum Upsets G.O.P. Race With Three Victories” (NY Times)

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consensus:
the people’s choice is
Somebody Else

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Poem by Bill Kenney. Read more by this poet.

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“The Flub Watch Never Stops for Obama’s Team” (NY Times)

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freeway exit
his sign claims he is
the one per cent

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Poem by Robert Moyer. Read more by this poet.

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“Franc Farwell: France bids adieu to its former money” (The Globe and Mail)

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loose change
under my couch cushion
whoopie!

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Poem by Neal Whitman. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 44: Laurence Stacey, Annette Makino, Christina Nguyen, Janet Lynn Davis, Dick Whyte (Post U.S. Election Special)

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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“Politicians, analysts debate election’s lessons for state leaders” (read more)

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presidential debate
the bobble-head
keeps nodding

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Poem by Laurence Stacey. Read more by this poet.

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“Recycling election campaign signs in Kansas” (read more)

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campaign sign
the dog registers
his opinion

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Poem by Annette Makino. Read more by this poet. This poem, like the others in this series, was submitted before the election results and is not intended as commentary on the outcome.

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“Controversial Political Display” (read more)

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blood moon
free speech hangs
from a rope

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Poem by Christina Nguyen. Read more by this poet.

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“THE RACE: Debt crisis looms in race’s home stretch” (read more)

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mock election—
my first-grade niece explains
the debt crisis

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis. Read more by this poet.

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“Debate: Does it actually matter who won the US election?” (read more)

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election year…
politicians know nothing
of sparrows

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 32: Seren Fargo

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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“House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls” (read more)

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reduction in my food stamps—
the rain comes down
even harder

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Poem by Seren Fargo. Read more by this poet.

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“Failing The Disabled” (read more)

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a decade of denials
from federal disability
the losses add up
as quickly
as the symptoms

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Poem by Seren Fargo. Read more by this poet.

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