Global Haiku • Spring 2013
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Rooftops & Teapots

Courtney Burress

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.

~Courtney Buress

Reader's Introduction:

“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.”

~Blake Martin

Love & Banjos

we snuck onto the roof
and you found the guts
to kiss me

forehead kiss
lifts her up
from her toes

you whisper to me
a daydream
of me in white

returning to the roof
where we first
counted stars

barefoot guests
a banjo
plays her in

spring in the park
we speak of divorce
while ships set sail

The Pope-line

for Lent
the Pope gave up
being the Pope

cute lifeguard
sends me down the slide . . .
I get back in line

a spring break
four seasons long . . .
my favorite tv show.

metal prodding
in my mouth—
stop asking me questions

I'm a little teapot,
steamed up—
I'll burn you.

swimsuit bottoms
as underwear:
laundry day

swimsuit season
just around the corner . . .
but so is ice cream

Nature & Faith

as you show your faith
I am reminded
I have none

sidewalk puddles
rain boots
paint ripples

cliff top picnic
feet dangle
. . . breathless

lawn chair
full of dad’s pride

Girl Talk

female powwow:
shielding our eyes,
wine glass spills

pizza box, wine glass
grasping for both—
empty and barren

© 2013, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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