Books, Photography, Sue Vincent, symbolism

Midnight Haiku

For around five years, I posted a haiku every night at midnight.

I like the constraint of the seventeen syllables of the classic ‘haiku in English’, exploring brevity to capture multiple layers of meaning. I like the discipline of writing at least one poem a day… for a poem demands engagement from a different part of the mind than a factual or opinion piece, even though a poem may be both. And I like the personal challenge I set myself most days, of dredging up a random photo from the tens of thousands on my computer and writing the haiku about that photo without argument.

I do rather miss writing them now. So, instead, I put a year’s worth of them into a book. It was curious to see how they worked together, running into each other and illuminating the ideas each poem held.

Midnight Haiku

Sue Vincent

The photographs and the three hundred and sixty five poems within this book collate a year’s journey in poetry through the seasons and the intermingled landscape of mind, body and spirit.

fragmentary thoughts

seeds borne lightly on the breeze

pen captures whispers

The poems were originally published as “midnighthaiku” every night at the appropriate time, leaving behind, like Cinderella, a trace of a day’s passing and a glimmer of the day yet to come.

Each poem can be read alone and simply ‘on the surface’. Many can be read in sequences that add an extra dimension to the wider human tale contained within these pages.

But each poem has its own layers of meaning too, waiting to be discovered by those who turn their attention to the heart.

Available in Paperback and for Kindle via Amazon.uk, Amazon .com and worldwide.

43 thoughts on “Midnight Haiku”

      1. Sheherazade was only putting off an idle, self-indulgent pasha who was probably an easier one to soft soap than your task master. But look what happened to her, the poor woman ended up being forced to marry him. And that was supposed to be a cause for celebration! Swings and roundabouts 🙂

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  1. What a beautiful cover. I have ordered mine, in Paperback, it arrives Sunday. I am really look forward to receiving it. I shall do a review as soon as I have delved into it. It will of course be excellent.💜💜💜

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  2. Yay! 🎉🥂💖 A year’s journey in poetry. Lovely. I’ve ordered my copy (copies, actually, since I didn’t want to wait for the paperback). Looking forward to seeing how you fit all these pieces together, you lovely Cinderella of haiku. Cheers!

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