Haiku or High Coo: Bite-Size Poetry with Zen Tone engages in Syllable Anarchy

Benjamin Dean's "Coffee Stains" features 98 bite-size poems and offers an relaxing and insightful read.
By: Benjamin Dean / Pagence Press
Feb. 22, 2008 - PRLog -- "High" (uplifting, aspiring) "Coo" (innocent, spontaneous muttering)— is the perfect name for this type of poem. After twenty years of writing and scribbling, it is undeniably the art form that comes most natural to Mr. Dean.

If you do a search on the internet you will find a number of sites referring to "high coo" which is an obvious play on the word "haiku." Whether it be a fascination with fitting as much as possible into a small space (like packing the trunk of a car before a road trip), or the sheer joy of capturing something profound and vital in a very few words, this type of poem continues to be written and enjoyed.

Here is an example of one of Benjamin Dean's poems:

how many free wills
does it take
to screw in a happiness?

Benjamin Dean has been writing in this style for over twenty years. Dean claims he will often crawl out of bed in the middle of the night just to scribble one of these down on the nearest material that will absorb ink. Call them mantras or koans (zen speak) or whatever you will, they carry a particular power. While traditional haiku confines itself to a particular syllable structure, 'high coo' is syllable-structure defiant.  

"A clear understanding captured in a few words is what it is about. It is the art of simplicity-in-language and honesty-of-experience, whether it be by reflecting on something in nature or by reflecting on something innermost." shares Dean.

"The path to "feeling the best we can" (enlightenment, etc.) must necessarily be by way of traversing many moments where misunderstanding transforms into understanding. Haiku, "high coo" or any other form of concise testament is often a chronicle of these transitions. There is a special beauty in recorded revelation."

Coffee Stains (short form prose & poetry) is 111 pages and features 98 pieces of observational and contemplative delight. It is available online  http://www.highcoo.com or http://short-zen-poems.com/.

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