In September, Per Diem: Daily Haiku features guest-editor Rob Scott’s collection on the theme of “Sport.” This is what Rob offers by way of an introduction to his theme:
Sport and haiku, surprising perhaps to many, are not the strangest of bedfellows. While haiku is traditionally concerned with the connection between nature and human nature, most sports are played in nature’s elements. A sporting season is often marked by the changing of the seasons, and a team or individual’s fortunes can turn on a blustery winter gale or the sapping heat of a summer’s day.
Nature is present in many of the haiku that follow. But it is not the only setting. Sport is embedded in our social, professional and domestic lives. As players and spectators, it lives within our hopes and dreams and the limits of our imagination. As occasional observers, it forms the backdrop of our everyday lives. All of these aspects of sport, and more, are captured by the authors in the following collection. It’s been a privilege assembling it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did in putting it together.