Japanese Sneezes

Several months ago I had a new set of Haiku poems to read in public and so coined the term ‘Japanese sneezes’ to describe their melodic expression:

Breath of a poet,

Sounds flowing out in meaning,

The audience sighs.

The Japanese seem to take many ideas and improve upon them, taking things to a new level of perfection. Their art shows the excellence of a single brush stroke, their food has its own standard of visual and textural elegance, simply drinking tea is a whole art, so why not their sneezes as well?

The Haiku is an example of how the excellence of breath can be enhanced through rhythm and poetry. It takes the beauty of simplicity, a set rhythm of speech, (5, 7, 5), the capture of a most striking moment in time, and places them all into a concise grouping of words, expressing a profound idea that appeals to our ears because of its melodic allure.

Writing Assignment: Write sentence in poetic form or prose using only one breath – Take a deep breath in and only write a sentence or line as long as one of your exhalations can be. Try taking different depths of breath.

Music Assignment: Compose a short piece or write a song based on one single moment in time. See if you can capture the quality and essence of that moment.

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About tatiana333

Tatiana Pietrzak graduated with a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After studying in London, Paris, Siena and Florence, she lived and worked for four years in Beijing in film and television. She has published articles in The Beijing University Newsletter, The Eagle and The Santa Fe New Mexican. In addition, she has won two Editor’s Choice awards from the National Library of Congress and was granted a Distinguished Membership from the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of The International Society of Poets. Presently Tatiana is working on her first novel and a second compilation of poetry.
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