Basho on Poetry

I recently finished reading The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa edited by former Poet Laureate Robert Hass. Here are some highlights from what Basho had to say about poetry that I appreciated. Don’t follow in the footsteps of the old...

Haikus on a Plane

Spreadsheet on laptop, book of haikus tossed aside. Where do these worlds meet?   Pressure is building at thirty-five thousand feet. Man I have to pee.   Never always pass on a moment to say what is inside of you.   A fly on the plane – Does he know where this will...

Plato Knows Interaction

We’re reading Plato to explore the fourth mode of interaction: person and cosmos. I’m sure most people would not understand why we’re reading Plato to learn about design. It’s possible there are those in my class that feel the same way. I find...

Why I Write Poetry

Why I write poetry is a question I’ve been asking myself since I started writing during senior year of high school. Recently I’ve been reconsidering the question. What compels me fill a blank sheet of paper with ragged lines of rhyme, alliteration,...

My History with Poetry

I was talking to a friend recently about professional money-making pursuits versus artistic pursuits. During this conversation, I mentioned my poetic roots. She asked if I still write, because I never talk about poetry. I could easily write a book about my history...