Ancient Japan Meets Modern Chicago
Poems remind us to look at our day from a new perspective.
The Japanese poetry form of haiku has been around for over 500 years. Consisting of 3 lines of five, seven, and five syllables, it traditionally focuses on creating a juxtaposition between the observed world and an insight into the human mind.
In five seven five, poet David J.P. Fisher took the form and applied it to the modern world around him. Every single day for a year he wrote a poem inspired by his experiences of the day. And those added up to a journey of insights and ideas on how to find meaning and beauty in the daily grind around us.
I don't think of myself as a poetry person, but these haiku are a fun way to think about the city and are really thought-provoking.
I love that it's so compact. It fits perfectly on my bedside table and I read when I wake up in the morning.
Such a cool idea. I looked up my birthday right when I got it, but now I'm going one day at a time.
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About the author
David J.P. Fisher isn’t a professional poet, but he’d like to play one on TV. (Although at one point he won a poetry slam at Chicago’s Green Mill Lounge). He’s a best-selling author of 7 non-fiction books and international speaker and business coach. He lives next to a beautiful cemetery which reminds him to appreciate every day that he wakes up on the right side of the fence.
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