Like a Parting Glance
Sarah E. Kisly
This collection was written over the course of the spring semester of my sophomore year in college, when I was part of Dr. Randy Brooks’ Global Haiku Class, 2013. Throughout these months, I learned what it meant to be a successful haiku writer, reader, and enthusiast.
One feature of this delicate art that stood out particularly prominently to me was the merging of nature and humanity in one short poem. Some authors are able to do this so powerfully, even to the point of completing the entire mood of a single haiku simply by including some non-human aspect of the world around us. It is at this moment where I feel that the haiku is most poignant, and most pure.
In my own work, one will often see inclusions of this type in an attempt to convey human emotion through a haiku—emotion so strong that naming it alone isn’t powerful enough, but some other phenomenon must be used to fully illustrate mood and feeling. These haiku are my heart, and I hope whoever reads them is able to connect from his or her heart, too. Thank you.