Haiku and Ockham’s Razor: The Example of Jack Kerouac by Mike Spikes
Who hasn’t thought, at one time or another, of writing a novel? My first story idea came to me at age ten and it was about prisoners of war struggling to survive harsh treatment at the hands of my fifth-grade, home room teacher, Mr. Yamaguchi. It finally came to expression in this senryu, written over sixty years later, which I have a feeling is better, or at least less tedious, than my novel might have been:
forced march the airman remembers his anniversary — A Hundred Gourds 2:2 (March, 2013)
In this month’s featured essay, first published in Modern Haiku 44:2, Mike Spikes analyzes a novel and a haiku by Jack Kerouac, both of which deal with the same themes, to see which is better. It would be anticlimactic of me to disclose Mike’s interesting conclusions.