Per Diem: Daily Haiku for March 2020 features Lori A Minor’s collection on the theme of ‘Unconventional Beauty’. This is what Lori has to say by way of an introduction to this theme:
unconventional: not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed
beauty: a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.
Throughout history men and women have been guilted into feeling like conforming to society’s various beauty standards is a necessity. For every individual to meet these ideals is impossible and if we attempt to follow these standards, society is only setting us up for failure. As a plus size woman with scars and an alternative aesthetic, I once hated myself simply because I did not look how I was told I should look, but a close friend of mine said “but Lori, you have unconventional beauty” and my outlook on my own beauty has never been more lovely.
Beauty, like art, is completely subjective; there isn’t just one set definition of what beauty is. The word beauty is described as something that pleases the aesthetic senses and because we all have different taste in fashion, music, partners, etc, not one set thing or person can be a standard for what beauty is supposed to be. It is our individuality that makes each one of us beautiful in our own unique way. The haiku and senryu I have selected for this month rebel against every standard that is out of reach. These poems grasp what each of us can and will obtain. The beauty painted in this collection of work is completely unconventional and THAT is my kind of beautiful.
– Lori A Minor