Thursday, July 2, 2009

Friday Featured Poets: Charles Antin & Mike Moser!

Hello poetry fans! We have TWO featured poets for this Friday. Charles Antin and Mike Moser like to incite each other by trading haikus! Charles told me he loves provocative haikus! He and Mike "have been friends for two years and have been writing haikus back and forth for at least a year. [We] enjoy Cuban food, fine claret, and Blackberry messenger.”

And you can read their Crackberry exchange here!

I love their stuff! Not only did it make me laugh out loud, but I feel it’s a perfect glimpse into the life of a New York city dweller. My suburban friends might find it shocking and a bit raw, but it’s honest and reflects our daily lives here in Gotham. I also love how they feed off of each other’s creativity and fire off their haiku spontaneously. I can see them texting furiously on their Crackberries. As a writer, I think it’s so awesome to be able to watch someone else’s creative process. So, as Charles suggested, I’ve left the time stamps on these. Charles also told me that he and Mike did a "head to head haiku slam" at a bar one time and I bet it was hilarious! Please comment on their work and tell them to do another haiku jam because I'd love to see it.

Here’s what he sent me – enjoy!


Haiku From Hunt's Point:

-----Original Message-----
From: Antin, Charles
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2009 2:11 PM
To: Moser, Michael
Subject: Re: Valentine's Haiku

Brunch is my saviour
From those long night girl-less blues
Hair of the dog please

----- Original Message -----
From: Moser, Michael
To: Antin, Charles
Sent: Sun Feb 15 13:56:05 2009
Subject: Re: Valentine's Haiku

Endless meat skewers
Best Valentine's bad drunk cure

----- Original Message -----
From: Moser, Michael
To: Antin, Charles
Sent: Sun Feb 15 02:31:50 2009
Subject: Re: Valentine's Haiku

Fake blonde haired she male
I want to punch his face in
But I love Brazil

----- Original Message -----
From: Antin, Charles
To: Moser, Michael
Sent: Sun Feb 15 01:39:48 2009
Subject: Re: Valentine's Haiku

Sup, son, heard you's down
I roll gutta, nigga what?
Find me in the club.

----- Original Message -----
From: Moser, Michael
To: Antin, Charles
Sent: Sun Feb 15 01:24:59 2009
Subject: Re: Valentine's Haiku

Slutty skank, what's up?
I heard you have crabs and such
I live down the block

----- Original Message -----
From: Antin, Charles
To: Moser, Michael
Sent: Sun Feb 15 01:13:58 2009
Subject: Re: Valentine's Haiku

Tonight: billyburg
Tomorrow: hangoverville
Population: me

Some miscellaneous ones from our email exchange:

Enjambment is a
Pretty cheap way to write a
Haiku, don't you think?


Asleep on the train
Almost at Coney Island
I see a seagull!"


Hah! The Billyburg one is my favorite! Okay, I promised a shout out to Susanna Speier. Let’s give Charles and Mike their Friday fame. Then tomorrow, we'll devote some time to Susanna and her awesome take on haiku – Politiku! Poets, get your provocative haiku ready because she has a call for submissions!



Tor Hershman said...

This blog's got the groove
swingin' hipster haikus rule
too cool, just like ice

Alison said...

YES! I love it when people post haiku! Thank you!

Alan Summers said...

Here's a haiku for you!

I've extended this into a "17 syllable" haiku ;-)

Original version was without 'long'.

dusk at the golf club
part of a long marker pole
a tawny frogmouth

(nightjar family)

1st Prize, Fellowship of Australian Writers, Queensland, Haiku Competition, (1995)

Intimations Pamphlet Series
pub. British Haiku Society (1996)

Azami #38, haiku magazine, Osaka, Japan, December 1996

sundog haiku journal: an australian year
pub. sunfast press 1997
reprinted 1998
Archived at California State Library - Main Catalog Call Number : HAIKU S852su 1997

First Australian Haiku Anthology October 1999

‘Haiku Friends’
ed. Masaharu Hirata,
Osaka, Japan, (2003)

First Australian Haiku Anthology
ISBN 0 9577925 9 X
University of Queensland (2003)

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