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Haiku and Tanka (and Longer)

Haiku and Tanka

This page is a bit different, which is my on-again, off-again preoccupation with poetry. It started out innocently enough, but then I fell in with the Poets of the Open Range (when living in Denver in the 1980s) and occasionally stalked the poetry readings with the nom de plume Radical Milquetoast.

In any case, my father has a much more storied career as a published writer of haiku and tanka, yet not having ever published a book of his own (he certainly has enough published material for a collection). My guess is he will wait until posterity for such an event. So this is a holding place for his future collection, as well as remnants of my own past efforts.

Line and Poem Length

I do dabble in slightly longer stuff, though nothing epic. Also, the constraints of haiku and tanka I do not take literally (e.g, 7-5-7 or 5-7-5-7-7). There are other Waka forms that might better fit a topic or mood, such as choka, sedoka, and katauta. In any case, poems can be endlessly reworked

Playing Tennis with the Net Down

I remember distinctly many years ago when I showed some early poetry to my father (in the form of a letter) that his reply was a misquoted Robert Frost retort (erroneously attributed to Longfellow):

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.

This statement should also be understood in a different way, namely, not condemning free verse, but indicating a lack of ability to demarcate how the ball should be ruled (or, I presume, the words must not go out of certain lines). In any case, this has lodged in my craw and over the decades resembled more or less the divide between the modern and the post-modern. It isn't that we don't know the rules, but that the ghostly apparition of rules still exist nonetheless, and that other dimensions -- allegory, antinomy, alliteration, as examples -- can be brought to the fore.

Alliterative Verse

I consider reincorporation of alliterative verse as the pure pursuit and at some future point hope to spend time on this form. In particular, the strict syllable length of Japanese forms (as understood by English speaking reception), combined with a more engaged form of words (think Rilke's Das Rosen Innere).

Zenchine Micropoetry

Many of these, over the past few years have been placed on a twitter account @zenchine which more or less is the confluence of zen and machine (inescapable, I presume).

WHO and CDC Growth Charts

Especially the first year for a child, there is an enormous amount of growth and development for a child. Parents of course will worry obsessively, and breast-feeding mothers will become anxious and paranoid about feeding. Here are a few guidelines to help. WHO and CDC growth charts, use WHO for the first two years. There […]

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Diapers – Reusable and Disposable

Disposable diapers are a blight on the planet and the pocketbook of parents everywhere. They are made out of plastic and go into landfills. Soiled diapers are toxic waste but they are hardly ever treated as such. Even when the cost of diapers are around 10 THB (~$0.30 USD), with upwards of 4,000 diapers in […]

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Sleep Training

With teeth and teeth brushing comes the need to sleep through the night, or at least change the nighttime feeding into nighttime watering. Turns out that this happens about the same time as toothbrushing should, or somewhat thereafter. We are entering the zone of the final few months of the baby's first year. At 10 […]

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Baby Toothbrushing

My son at 10.5 months has six teeth, four up and two down. He's had them for a while now. He is very fussy around his mouth, because his mother has consistently forced a washcloth into his mouth to clean his teeth and gums. This means he avoids any cloth around his mouth (napkins, etc.) […]

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Infants and Milk

There is a public perception of the dangers of cow milk for children under 1 year of age. One reads this caution everywhere. However, the idea that a child from one day (365 days old) to the next (366 days old) can drink milk, and even what that means, is a bit odd. My son […]

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Baby Led Weaning (BLW)

Baby Led Weaning is essentially letting the baby feed itself as early as possible. This of course requires age-appropriate food, patience, and a lot of clean-up. However, it can have positive effects such as eating a wider variety of food, and at the times of the spoon-feeding strikes around 8-10 months, BLW is the obvious […]

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Infant prescription incompetence

My wife, anxious because our baby is sick, was convinced she needed to go to the doctor on the third day of his cold. Note that I had a cold earlier, and his symptoms are the same. A bad cough with lots of phlem. Certainly it is disturbing to see the baby suffer, but my […]

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Water, Formula, and Milks

Water, not so good Turns out that water is not good for very young babies. The main problem seems to be that urination also removes not only water but sodium and other essential minerals from the body, and the baby may not be getting these replenished at the same speed (since the their only source […]

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Force feeding

The force-feeding I am talking about is the force-feeding of babies, not adults. This is actually quite an alarming action taken on the part of moms who are mistaken about their role in feeding babies. There are actually quite a few things that can help a baby feed if they start to get fussy and […]

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