I Do Haiku You #9: My Reaction to Your Scorecard


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+.

Gokarna is a beautiful small beach town on the southwest coast of India. This man was arranging his newspapers when I took his photograph. It was shot with a Diana f+ with Portra 400VC.

My Reaction to Your Scorecard
broken promises—
easier to add up than
those times i told truths

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.

written by basterda on 2011-11-17 #lifestyle #haiku #sean-lotman #i-do-haiku-you-series


  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    - like this article
    - haiku and photography
    - interesting subject

  2. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @gvelasco, I believe interesting is 4 syllables, which makes your last line 6 syllables? Depends on your tongue, I guess.

  3. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    In-"tres"-ting. :-)

  4. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Mine wasn't true Haiku anyway because it doesn't mention the seasons or nature. I might have come up with something better if I had given it a bit of thought.

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