Haiku H060

Activity poetry –
Poems composed while
Doing something else

12.30.15

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

In the past few months, I had started four poetry collections. Poetry collections are something I had never done before despite a few decades of (mostly sparingly) composing poetry. Three out of the four collections revolve around regular activities, or at least repeating activities, in my life which allow me to dedicate mental resources to composing poetry. There was the Big Lift Ferry Poem collection to start with, with the Running collection and Oval collection recently. Composing these poems while doing something else will also save me time that I have trouble prioritizing just for composing poetry.

I just realized that if these collections will pan out as I hope and plan them to, with many poems should I keep up my intentions, I will have a lot of poems written while I were doing something else. I’ve only allotted for 2097 by the serial numbers with poems in these collections (999+999+99). It’s not like I haven’t composed poetry while doing something else before, but not nearly as often as I never dedicated myself to it, and usually not while I’m moving rather than say me moving from being in a bus.

To give these poems composed while doing something else a genre and a name, I’ve decided to coin the term “activity poetry”. Somewhat appropriately, I wrote the definition out in a poem, haiku format. I just didn’t compose it while doing something. I could have lied and claim it so without anyone knowing, for a better “story”, but I’m not that type of person. 🙂

For any of you out there reading who compose, try some dedicated activity poetry and see how that’ll improve your poetic output! Challenge is on!

Let me know some results if you do with a link or comment! Thanks and good luck if you try!

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.

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