Haikuleaks sifts Wikileaks cables for poetry

Haikuleaks has been in the news this past week. Robert Quigley, of Geekosystem, reports:

“Haikuleaks is a swell example of data-mining meets found poetry: By running a Cablegate parser in conjunction with a program called HaikuFinder which searches for the five-seven-five syllable pattern associated with haiku, Tetalab’s Fabrice Fourc has created a program that can find unlikely little haikus within the mess of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks over the course of this past month.

Here are a few:

King Hamad flatly
stated that Bahrain is not
happy with Qatar.

They are being seen
as barometers for next
year’s nationwide vote.

The machines do not
operate well in non-air
conditioned spaces.

As is typical,
the Pope stayed above the fray
and did not comment.

Sure, it’s no Bashō, and as some MetaFilter readers point out,
‘proper’ haikus are about more than just the 5-7-5 syllable structure,
and also reference the season and feature a surprising turn in the final
five-syllable line. But it’s amazing how much meaning and structure one
can find, if one looks a little too hard, in accidental little clusters
of syllables in the midst of stacks of official paperwork.”

(Haikuleaks via Waxy)

If you like finding the absurdity in the covert revelations of  Wikileaks, check out Haikuleaks.  You won’t be disappointed.

Haiku, Senryu, what’s the diff?

So, what’s the difference between haiku and senryu? The syllabic count is the same (5-7-5), but to paraphrase Carl Sagan, the beauty of the haiku/senryu is not the syllabic count, but the way that syllabic count is put together.

Haiku properly references nature/a specific season whereas senryu references human nature.

These poems ( a  set of 3 interlocking poems) would appear to be haiku
because of their syllabic structure (5-7-5) but are correctly identified as  senryu.

book of the month
Previously published in Empowerment4Women

Annette Marie Hyder

a sexy cover
you’re one of those quick beach reads
all hot and no plot

it takes more than that
to make me leaf through pages
peruse and then read

trace words with fingers
stay up late while reading you
memorize your lines

Links of Interest:

simply senryu


poetry.about.com: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka links

And this:


In this episode Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli discuss the distinction
between the poetic forms of Haiku and Senryū, the origins of Senryū in
Japan, and its rediscovery and recognition as a poetic form in English
literature. Listen to the podcast here .

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