Illustrated Thursday – fossilence – Virgilio



I find extreme short-form poetry so fascinating – I visualize it like a trust fall with the reader. The poet puts the single line or word or symbol out there and believes in us to catch it. Mr. Nick Virgilio was a tremendously influential American haiku poet, credited with popularizing it and other short-form poetry in the U.S. during his twenty year literary career. Among many other honors, there is a haiku society as well as a national haiku prize for high-schoolers named for him. With this one word (or is it two?), he has entrusted us with a simple message, but also one so vast. Photograph and composition by me.

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