Haiku from Edward Hopper's Paintings
by

James Brett

Global Haiku Tradition
Millikin University, Spring 2001


James Brett

Brett's Haiku

 

Haiku from Edward Hopper's Paintings

In this project, I meditated on some of my favorite paintings by Edward Hopper and wrote haiku out of the moments in those paintings.

These are imaginative readings of the painting as well as the re-interpretation of the moments as drama—the motives, emotions, and actions of the characters set in motion.

—James Brett


You can find many of these paintings on the web at:

http://www.ocaiw.com/hopper.htm

or

http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp?aid=999354&item=152414


at sunset
the young widow
boards another train

Compartment C, Car 923


leaning into the wind
for the boy below
Mother chuckles quietly

Second Story Sunlight


his favorite red dress
unnoticed
after work

Apartment in New York
 

 

spring night breeze
she breathes and smiles
he reads

Office At Night


after reciting each line
she contemplates
her empty bed

New York Movie
 

 

summer midnight
strangers bonding in silence
over coffee

Nighthawks

 


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