Corner of Haikus

Mario Benedetti


Enclosing in 17 syllables (with predetermined divisions) a sensation, a doubt, an opinion, a feeling, a landscape, and even a brief anecdote, began as a game. But little by little one begins to grasp the new possibilities of the old structure. Thus, formal difficulty becomes an incentive and brevity a provocative form of synthesis.

Simply put, the classic haiku, as a lyrical form, always seemed to me a challenge. It is obvious that I have not set out to imitate Japanese poets, or even to incorporate their preferred images and themes. I have hardly had the audacity to introduce myself into this lyrical pattern, but not by appealing to Japanese clichés but to my own ups and downs, concerns, landscapes and feelings.

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