Sunday, October 17, 2010

Five Questions for a Renegade Haikuist: Gregory Frock

On October 15, a marvelous thing happened.  Facebook statuses lit up with haiku, commemorating Haiku Status Day.  The father of this movement?  One Greg Frock.  We've interviewed him here... let's see what he has to say...

1. October 15, 2010. A day that will live in infamy. Why did you choose that day for Haiku Status Day?

Random Selection
However, 10-15 did
fill a poem line.

2. When did you first come across the haiku poetic form?

In California,
while attending undergrad
at U C Berkeley

3. Why is it that the haiku serves as such a nice status update on Facebook?

Sound bytes are in vogue.
And haikus will not bump the
character limit.

4. Do you see any possibilities for a longer-term Facebook haiku community?

I certainly do.
Although speaking for myself,
it may be too much

5. In everyday discourse, poetry seems to be sort of on the outside of the game. How does the haiku status update change this?

I like poetry.
To help it flourish, haiku
is accessible.

GREG FROCK is a professional writer of more prosaic work such as government bids. However, he tries to create beauty in the world in his own small way. Haiku Status Day is an effort to show people that anyone can make poetry, and the choice of the haiku form is due to its accessibility and simplicity.

Greg lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, three sons, and a badly-behaved cat. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading and dance. He is an accomplished contra and square dance caller.

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