Welcome to re:Virals, The Haiku Foundation’s weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written in English. This week’s poem was
never touching his own face tyrannosaurus — John Stevenson, Acorn Number 27, (2011)
Marion Clarke is this week’s undisputed Queen, and not at all tyrannical, weighing in with the following comment:
This haiku by John Stevenson made me smile. Poor T. Rex—his arms were too short to reach his face, so how on earth did he cope with an itchy nose?!
As this week’s winner, Marion gets to choose next week’s poem, which you’ll find below. We invite you to write a commentary to it. It may be as long or short, academic or spontaneous, serious or silly, public or personal as you like. We will select out-takes from the best of these. And the very best will be reproduced in its entirety and take its place as part of the THF Archives. Best of all, the winning commentator gets to choose the next poem for commentary.
Anyone can participate. A new poem will appear each Friday morning. Simply put your commentary in the Contact box by the following Tuesday midnight (Eastern US Time Zone). Please use the subject header “re:Virals” so we know what we’re looking at. We look forward to seeing some of your favorite poems — and finding out why!
all day long i feel its weight the unworn necklace — Roberta Beary, Pocket Change, Red Moon Press (2007)