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I Do Haiku You #16: It's Not Genetic, It's Learned

Sean Lotman is interested in the narrative potential of photography. In an ongoing project called I Do Haiku You, he composes haiku and senryu poetry to companion images taken with a Diana F+.

I have a friend in Tokyo, who loves good music and walks around the city with a boombox. It’s a great way to whittle a Sunday afternoon. It was shot with a Diana F+.

It’s Not Genetic, It’s Learned
because being cool’s
more than a one-night gig;
it’s a career path

In Sean’s own words, “These varieties of Japanese verse are concerned with physical and human nature, composed in a taut structure as to suggest a moment, much in the way a photograph does. Haiku poetry, like photography, has an instant, strong, fairly emotional resonance. Put together these two art forms enhance each others power so that, very briefly, a story is told.

Photo and words by Sean Lotman. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Sean now lives in Kyoto, Japan. Read more I Do Haiku You series here.

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Československy.