The Crazy Suburban Mom: On Haikus, Kerouackus and Jetpens

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Haikus, Kerouackus and Jetpens

Someone asked what I wanted for my birthday and being a total geek I said, a gift certificate to Jetpens, please.  That might raise an eyebrow for some people but my family is pretty used to my stationary affliction.


A question for you: Did you ever add something in at the end of an order, something cheap to get free shipping or to finish up a gift card and then end up loving the item totally?  That's what happened to me.


I added this at the end to finish up because it cost less then four dollars.



 It's a Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book and it's a tiny thing, about 4" by 2".   I read the reviews and people either liked it or didn't like it because the paper felt like water color paper and that appealed to me, artistically.


I love doing tiny art; I used to do a lot of it.  This is a painting I did on a teeny, tiny (about 3 inches x 2 inches) canvas.

Satisfylingly Lemony Deux


One of the other things I got was a pen converter for my Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Hair Brush Pen.







 I got it years ago to do Sumi-e painting then couldn't replace the parts but Jetpens has them.  I was especially jazzed about the converter because the ink that comes in the cartridges is near impossible to clean out.  No amount of flushing cleans it plus I do like a bit of color... 

I didn't think I'd be using the Word Book and brush pen together until they came.




It was instant love.


And I'm thinking...



of doing a Haiku Project...


I'm torn about whether to use the original form of Haiku or go more with what Jack Kerouac suggested when he said, "A "Western Haiku" need not concern itself with the seventeen syllables since Western languages cannot adapt themselves to the fluid syllabic Japanese. I propose that the "Western Haiku" simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language. "

Should I go with a Kerouacku?



5 Comments:

Ray Blake 3/29/12, 3:49 PM  

You don't have to confine yourself to any structure at all. Two words can be a poem, can encapsulate the beauty both of an image and of the words that capture and preserve that image.

Write something beautiful, or striking, or true. That's all.

Tracy Reinhardt 3/29/12, 4:20 PM  

Ray, Poetry has always been something beyond me. I will take your advice though.

And try

Tracy

Shabby Vintage Junk 7/11/12, 6:39 PM  

I discovered your blog yesterday & have been mesmerised ever since as I slowly read back to the beginning....

Being an anal retentive OCD Capricorn perfectionist, I'm in AWE of your Filofax expertise....As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of popping in to Officeworks in a couple of hours to investigate possibly buying one....I currently use my iPhone for everything but have ALWAYS preferred paper diaries....

Funny I should say that though as I NEVER have kept up with one in any given year....I would have to agree about the blandness leading to the 'blah blahs' so I'm going to try shaking things up a bit & add some colour....!!

One thing before I head off....Love....LOVE....L.O.V.E your little lemon painting....I can't draw to save myself & very much admire the ability to transfer what is seen by the eye onto paper....!!!

Hope you're having a BRILLIANT week....!

Cheers from Australia,
Tamarah :o)

Shabby Vintage Junk 7/12/12, 3:48 AM  

I discovered your blog yesterday & have been mesmerised ever since as I slowly read back to the beginning....

Being an anal retentive OCD Capricorn perfectionist, I'm in AWE of your Filofax expertise....As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of popping in to Officeworks in a couple of hours to investigate possibly buying one....I currently use my iPhone for everything but have ALWAYS preferred paper diaries....

Funny I should say that though as I NEVER have kept up with one in any given year....I would have to agree about the blandness leading to the 'blah blahs' so I'm going to try shaking things up a bit & add some colour....!!

One thing before I head off....Love....LOVE....L.O.V.E your little lemon painting....I can't draw to save myself & very much admire the ability to transfer what is seen by the eye onto paper....!!!

Hope you're having a BRILLIANT week....!

Cheers from Australia,
Tamarah :o)

Tracy Reinhardt 7/12/12, 9:18 AM  

Shabby Vintage Junk - I'm so glad you found me because I found your blog through you commenting. I love the whole shabby design and funny thing, I have three vintage suitcases I was trying to do something with - other then stuffing and then closing them up. I'm thinking I might try and paint one and see how it goes - been going back and forth about that for the last few days.

About that lemon painting. I spent most of my life thinking I couldn't paint. A few years ago I figured what the heck and bought paint, canvas brushes...etc and started that lemon. OMG, no one was more surprised then me. Seriously. I had no idea I could do that... It was odd, weird and very wonderful! Thanks so much for all the wonderful things you said and when I get back from the dentist today I'm going to really look through your blog!

Tracy

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