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
maybe in my amygdala maybe a minefield — Eve Luckring, Bones 4 (2014)
Radhamani Sarma mines the vein:
This is about the brain, which is a store house of thinking, a devil’s workshop, with constructive and devastatingly destructive thoughts.
Mind and matter are conjoined in the poet’s imagination; human limitations know no boundary, for the mind is either a devil’s workshop or a copious flow.
As this week’s winner, Radhamani 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!
Sore to the touch his name in my mouth — Eve Luckring, Modern Haiku 42:3(2011)