Glimpses Into Each World
Darien M. Sloat
“I glimpse into each world” is a line from a haiku in this collection that I believe describes the collection, a collection that comprises of descriptions of brief moments in my own world and the world I imagine. From what I’ve learned as a haiku student, a haiku is a short poem that captures a moment in time and allows an author and reader to share and conjure that, or another, moment. I’ve selected these haiku for my author’s collection because I believe they most completely and accurately depict moments via my highest verbal capabilities. These haiku are glimpses, glances, at moments from my life, my imagination, and my observations.
In his collection, Darien offers a unique insight on human relationships through an innocent, yet fully aware perspective. As majority of his works incorporates children Darien’s haiku manages not only to be endearing, but also relays powerful emotion through the discoveries of such pure figures. With unsophisticated wording, his haiku imitate the thought process of a child while also establishing a casual and personal tone. The effectiveness of his haiku derives from such a tone, as the connection of the reader is not deterred by unnecessary elaboration.
Beginning his collection with a charming image of a child excitedly greeting his father, Darien implies a unique theme that only further develops throughout the entirety of his collection.
rumbling garage door
to greet his father
Told from the child’s perspective, the first line establishes a sort of flourishing excitement merely from the sound of a garage door. While never explicitly stating the boy’s feelings towards his father coming home, Darien influences the reader through the vivid word choices of “rumbling” and “rushes”. This careful word choice is seen in each of the haiku selected for this collection. In its entirety, Darien’s works propose stunning imagery and a fascinating outlook on human interactions.