As we have recently posted our 50th beer haiku, it is time to reflect why we compose poetry in this short Japanese lyrical verse form. To be brief, like haiku, here are some key points of reflection.
1. We compose beer haiku because this abbreviated form of poetry (unlike this sentence) offers us the opportunity to record tasting notes in a type of “beer reviewers shorthand” that is also a recognizable lyrical verse form.
2. There’s too much to read on the internet via twitter, blogs, facebook and other forms of social media. Our readers have limited time. Haiku are quick reads.
3. We have limited time too. Composing haiku is difficult. It takes thinking time, arguing time, it fritters away our limited beer drinking time; we don’t havetime to craft several paragraphs with flowing transitions. We just don’t…
4. We write haiku, because like all good explorers it’s useful to map where you’ve been, the beers you have tasted, the beers you have enjoyed and those you have abandoned.
5. What could be a more appropriate location to develop our skills in a Japanese lyric beer poetry form than in a place called Hashigo Zake Cult Beer bar?
6. When (or rather…if) we master the ancient art of beer haiku writing, the Jesuit has said he will teach us the lost art of composing beer “villanelles”…I’ll have to look that word up.
n. pl. haiku also hai·kus
1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A poem written in this form.