Rooftops & Teapots
Why, hello there. I’m Courtney Burress, and this is my collection of my favorite haiku I wrote this semester. My title is based off of two haiku that I would consider some of my “signature” works. When I said it out loud I liked the way it rolled off of the tongue and there was no going back after that. I chose the haiku that were the simplest for me to write. I found that the haiku I tried to force were never received as well as the ones that just came to me from every day inspirations. I love all of my haiku in this collection.
In “Love and Banjos,” I tell the story of my current relationship, with the exception of the last two haiku.
In “The Pope-line,” I put what I consider my funniest and most clever haiku. Even in writing these haiku, I never tried to be funny or clever. I just incorporated the random bits and pieces of my life or jokes I said out loud that people laughed at and I thought “there’s a haiku somewhere in there!”
“Nature and Faith” starts off with a reflection I had one day, and then I move into nature because that’s where I do most of my insightful thinking, such as my first haiku.
“Girl Talk” is haiku that was inspired by my Sunday night ritual with my friends and things that typically happen at a “female powwow.” This haiku is me, my life, my love, my dreams, my fears, my insightful thoughts, my stupid jokes, my good, my bad.
“This collection of Haiku stretches broadly into many different tones, emotions, and themes. As a reader, I found myself chuckling, thinking deeply, and feeling very nostalgic. From romance to comedy, the mundane to the genuinely serious, a great deal of the human experience is tackled within this short collection of poems.
we snuck onto the roof
and you found the guts
to kiss me
I am particularly fond of this Haiku. For me, this poem represents the nostalgia of new love. I can almost feel my heart beating in uncomfortable euphoria. This feeling is common for anyone who has tried to work up the courage to show someone how he or she felt about them.”