Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Im-mi-grant " Haiku

im-mi-grant . . .
the way English tastes
on my tongue

2nd Prize, 7th Kokako Haiku Competition
Included in Kumamoto University's textbook containing international haiku in English for teaching university-level English-language education

Note: Below is the judge's comment: This one is a contrasting type of haiku, no less valid, as it references the writer's inner experience. The word "tastes," a metaphor, is an exemplar for how to use this trope in a haiku, that is, not far-fetched or complicated. With the writer we feel the buzz and hum of the tongue as it produces the unfamiliar phonemes, syllable by syllable.