September 20, 2010

Haiku from the Runway

This is Fashion Week in London, and a writer for London Fashion Week Daily, Brix Smith-Start, is reporting from the front row. Here's the twist--she does it through haiku, and calls it "Haiku-ture."

Surprisingly, Smith-Start's poems are not written in the typical 5-7-5 format. That's good. But, Smith-Start begins every line with a capital, and the poems end with a period. That's not so good. That's as far as I'll go on the critique. Simply enjoy this sample from day 2, it is quite amusing:
They float and scratch and stamp,
And fringing turns to
Self flagellation.
The poems from day 1 are not nearly as successful as haiku, but I'll let you be the judge.

So, would you like a challenge? Come up with your own haiku/senryu for this fashion statement from long ago:

Library of Congress caption: Women's fashions: quilted silk on chiffon-gold thread

Here's mine:
fashion week--
all day long silkworms munch
mulberry leaves