The Bronze Dame

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The Bronze Dame


Haiku--theses and dissertations
Haiku, American
Haiku fiction


The Bronze Dame is an experiment, in which I attempt to blend the rigorous structuring of the East with the itinerant, gritty styling of the West. Many early, twentieth-century, Western influences can be found in my protagonist, Allen Crosse. Crosse is a blend of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade and Raymond handler’s Philip Marlowe, infused with the voice and countenance of Humphrey Bogart (who filled the shoes of both grim detectives on the Silver Screen). Crosses world is inspired by the colorful language of Robert E. Howard and peopled with an eccentric cast, which aspires to the emotional and physical diversity of the casts in both Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil and Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca I attempt to fill my work with characters as
contrastingly different as those portrayed by Jack O’Halloran, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre. I also attempt to give the narrative pace the uniquely complex, consistently interesting tone of Anton Karas’ “Harry
Lime Theme,” which is featured throughout Carol Reed’s
The Third Man. Reed’s Third Man showcases the snappy, intelligent dialogue of Graham Greene’s screenplay – a display I endeavor to emulate.
In terms of the East, I adhere to the “traditional” English formatting rules for the structuring of haiku (the vehicle in which I tell my tale): three lines, with a syllable count of five, seven, and five, in the first, second, and third line, espectively. However, I choose to omit the obligatory ireji (pause) that comes at the end of either the first or
second line, opting instead for pauses when and if I see fit. I also choose to omit the kigo (season word), in which the renga (reference to the natural world) is set. The result is a terse, tightly edited voice that tells the story of a witty, perceptive hero, who, in Chandler’s words, is the “best man in his world, and a good enough man for any other.” True to form, the hero prevails – but not without losing a piece of himself to his dark, female antagonist in the process.


Bartholomew, Wayne


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