Per Diem Archive: P. Newton July 2012, Strangers
The Kindness of Strangers
Haiku is the poetry of inclusion. The poetry of happenstance. A celebration of the ordinary, everyday observances we all make. Strangers among them. I suppose what interests me about strangers is the possibility that they are indeed friends we have not met yet. I like to believe that we are more alike than we are different. I think these poems reveal this to be true. Nearly all the people I have asked permission to reprint their poems here are strangers to me. Each of them couldn't have been friendlier. And so, we collaborate like thousands of haiku readers and thousands of haiku-writers do every day. Meeting somewhere inside the poem.