Haiku is replete with the quotidian—it is the everyday that is the stuff of our poetry. And yet, what makes it of interest is our perception of it as not ordinary, as, in fact, uncanny. Slip-realism aims to explicate this daily miracle. January Per Diem editor Alan Summers defines it thus:
Slip-Realism—unearthing the anonymous; avoiding the straightforward; parallel narratives in our day and night lives: new ways of perceiving the real (after Nouveau réalisme).
He goes on to describe what he’s looking for:
It’s an approach to focusing on subjects often on the periphery of our vision. It’s also incorporating, where possible, sound as essence; aural landscape; or visual marker, because we are surrounded by soundscape. Think of yourself as just freshly kidnapped, hood over your head, perhaps in the trunk of a car, and you need sound markers to gauge the journey.
Slip-Realism is about the ‘side’ of things, and ‘on the edge’ outside day-to-day life of the mainstream of public life.
Find yourself in this special place all month via Per Diem, on the THF website.