Wasabi in my latte...: Senryu poetry (Volume 1)

 
9781511968751: Wasabi in my latte...: Senryu poetry (Volume 1)
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What is Senryu?

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     In a fast-paced society taking the time to read poetry is a prohibitive luxury that few of us can afford. Luckily, senryū poems, with their short but powerful verses, allow us to readily enjoy poetry almost anywhere at any time.
    
     Senryū (pronounced as "send you" but replacing the [d] sound for a strong Spanish [r] sound) is a unique kind of Japanese poetry that has been around for hundreds of years. Senryū literally means 'river willow' and its fame spread widely thanks to the efforts of Japanese poet Karai Hachiemon (1718-1790) who cultivated this type of poetry and published his works under the name Karai Senryū.
    
     So, how is a senryū poem "built"? A senryū poem is very similar to a haiku poem in construction. Its main structure traditionally consists of 17 "syllables" (on/onji) divided in three lines in a 5-7-5 pattern (although there are exceptions to this "rule"). Contrary to haiku, which tend to specialize on nature, senryū poems emphasize more on "mankind" and human nature ("that thing that makes us humans").
    
     It is important to note that, in general, senryū poems tend to be humorous, darkish and even cynical... A senryū poem does not rhyme, it does not includes a kireji (cutting word) and most of the time a senryū poem can happily exists without a kigo (season reference word).
 
     Finally (and luckily), figurative language is allowed in senryū. This fact alone makes senryū really enjoyable to read, to write and even to be used as a powerful teaching tool to introduce students to the wonderful world of poetry. Senryū rules!!!

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"Poetry is a powerful tool to discover what's in our heart. It allows us to better know ourselves. Reading and writing poetry enables us to start a healing process within the heart. It allows us to better understand and rationalize our pains and joys. By understanding ourselves and consciously scrutinizing our lives, minds and spirit we are able to grow stronger. We are able to change. We are able to help others in their respective quests in life. My goal with poetry is to encourage it and make it more accessible than it is right now, specially in "Third World" countries where taking the time to write poetry can be a luxury that very few can afford. This shouldn't be so as we all have experiences and insights that surely can enrich and nourish each others lives. After all, Earth is just one big body and we are all part of that equation. We must help each other with the tools that have been given to us from above... "

About the Author:

Daniel Népomuk (born 22 September 1979) is a Nuyorican poet currently residing in Puerto Rico. As a child, his talented family exposed him to visual and performing arts including theater, music and prestidigitation. However, when he became an adolescent his parents encouraged him to follow a different path in life. Népomuk holds a BA in pedagogy and a minor in psychology from Universidad Metropolitana of Puerto Rico (UMET). He is currently working on a Master's degree in theology from Nyack College.

Daniel became involved in the poetry scene in the summer of 2014 after he published his first 13 poems. These were inspired from Pablo Neruda's "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair". Népomuk was quickly featured in Puerto Rico's local radio station and in local events involving educational institutions such as Universidad de Puerto Rico and Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. These events encouraged Népomuk to take poetry seriously. At age 35, he constantly felt that his monotonous life would continue like that until the end... Today he thinks differently.

Currently, Népomuk is the author of two poetry works. The first work "Un poeta encarcelado aprendió a volar..." is inspired in the life and work of Spanish poet Miguel Hernández from the generation of 1936. The second work is inspired in Japanese Senryu, a poetic form Népomuk discovered when he was introducing Haiku to high school youngsters in Puerto Rico.

Daniel Népomuk is currently residing in Puerto Rico with his wife and two toddlers. He expects to finish and launch his third poetry work by the end of 2015.

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