Haiku Journalism

September 20th, 2007 by Larry Smith

111064400_633b70a974_m.jpgThere’s erotic haiku, there’s haiku for Jews, I’ve even known a dusty poet or two to trade crafty passersby a beer-4-haiku in my day. But one of the original haiku artists was Félix Fénéon, who penned thousands of pint-sized reports in French newspapers called faits divers. Marilyn Johnson reviews Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines, compiled and translated by Luc Sante.

The first three SMITH readers to send us a three-line take on the war, O.J. Simpson, the pennant race, Dan Rather, or the economy will receive a copy of this book. Send your miniature news reports to news at smithmag dotnet.

*Whose book, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituariess, nous adores.

Haiku from Flickr user glindsay65.