Per Diem: Daily Haiku for May 2020 features Paul David Mena’s collection on the theme of ‘Wine and Song’. This is what Paul has to say by way of an introduction to this theme:
Naturally I was honored when I was asked to be a guest editor for The Haiku Foundation’s “per diem” feature, so I gave some careful thought to choosing a theme for my month. To my delight, guest editors had begun to steer clear of “traditional” themes regarding nature and had focused on topics as diverse as Children, Sport and Urban Haiku. I thought I’d take it a step further by researching and soliciting haiku and senryu that spoke to the consumption of “adult beverages” and/or the creation of music, hence the name “Wine and Song”. Both can be part of a celebration, but could also be contemplative, or even palliative. Both could be consumed casually or to great excess. In any case, I thought it would take a different set of lenses to capture these sorts of observations, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Not surprisingly, many of the poems chosen speak to the way one’s perception can be altered by alcohol – either by loosening up or crashing down, or how one’s mood can be affected by music – whether from a bluebird in nature, or a jazz saxophone in a nightclub. Some poems were direct observations, while others were seemingly notes scribbled in the margins. I tried to give minimal guidance regarding where to look for haiku moments within this theme, and I feel that I was richly rewarded. I hope other readers of this feature feel the same way.
– Paul David Mena