Night and Day
In this collection, I have included Haiku that describe two dissonant topics: night and day. Some are literal references to night or day, but some I have included in the night section because of the dark connotation and some in the day section because of the light connotation. Many of these haiku are written in reference to close friends and family in my life. I chose the signature haiku on the title page because I believe it represents both sides of the collection. One may view the darkness as a night-theme, and some may view the lightheartedness of the dancing as the day theme. Enjoy!
Before Global Haiku, I had minimal exposure to the art of short poems. In high school, my Literature courses focused on longer poems and analyses thereof. For me, Long poems are difficult to construct. However, capturing a feeling or moment into a three-line poem has been refreshingly easier than trying to construct a longer poem. This class has allowed me to view everything around me as more sensory than before. I hope to keep this trait even though I won’t be in class anymore. This is not the only thing haiku has helped me with, though. I have also learned tactics in poem writing and word choice that cause more readers to relate. There isn’t a word that describes every specific feeling, but there are many ways to phrase a haiku to make the feeling come across more readily. I love to share haiku with people who aren’t in the class to see if it sparks a feeling in the general population, not actively studying haiku. Overall, this class has helped me to learn by performance, by writing, criticizing, and revising haiku, the art of haiku. I hope to continue writing haiku and sharing my art with others. Jared Chapman, Spring 2020
Jared Chapman is a student at Millikin University in Decatur, IL studying Biology with a pre-PA concentration and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. He is involved in Beta Beta Beta, a biology honor society, Sigma Zeta Pi, a Chemistry honor society, and actively volunteers for organizations, such as Decatur Memorial Hospital, in the Decatur community. Jared plans to attend graduate school to gain his Master’s in Physician Assistant studies and ultimately become a Physician Assistant.