Scifaiku part 2
So here's the cover shown on the web for the special edition CD ("Kuanta"). It doesn't strike me as all the haiku-ish. And it's also not the cover that's on the one I received, which is of a more clothed woman in a sci-fi looking outfit with a sci-fi-ish, transparent shield in one hand and a typically fantasy-looking sword in the other. No castle either, more of a desert landscape, or perhaps rocky, barren hills. Not terribly haiku-ish either, but oh well.
The important thing is the poems inside.
Track 1 is the scifaiku, including the two I wrote. Ethereal, atmospheric music swells and fades in the background as Jeffrey Breslauer reads them. I enjoy the very different experience compared to reading poetry...but my initial reaction was that I wished I had them printed out as well. At times the music overpowers his voice just enough to make it challenging to catch the words. But then I think about the idea behind haiku in general, to push you beyond the words and images themselves, to trip into a sort of meditative state. And then perhaps the music, the voice, the lack of words to read supports that. And now that I've listened a handful of times, I'm catching more of the words, and there are beautiful haiku in there--I think the more you listen, the more the different pieces all work together.
I haven't listened to the other tracks as often as the first so far. The second is a series of joined haiku by a single poet. It's backed by similarly atmospheric music, and at one point the voice goes too quiet even for multiple listens, but in all I enjoy it. It'll definitely be worth some more listens.
The third is horrorku with eerie, Halloween-ish music. This is the one I've seen especially praised elsewhere, though it doesn't do a lot me. Horror's never been my favorite though. There seems to be a range from cheesy to intriguing.
Four is the tanka (a 5-line poem similar to haiku). The music is a little less ambient than on the first two tracks with some wind sounds added. It's a nice shift. By this time I find I'm paying less attention to the individual words and simply letting the general sense and flow affect me.
Five is haibun, which is a combination of a haiku with a bit of prose in juxtaposition. This seems a fascinating form, ripe for a lot of interesting connections. The background music is more understated here, which works well. Two of the three haibun struck me as a good use of the form.
And that's it. It's an enjoyable experiment. I look forward to getting my November print issue with a couple more of my poems to see how that experience compares. Until then, I will continue listening to this occasionally--not as background while I write, but perhaps for other things. Reading. Excercise. Bopping around online.