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Published… WTF?? June 7, 2010

Posted by Elisa Hough in Language, Other Arts.
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Thanks to Sacramento writer buddy Josh Fernandez, the haikus I wrote in Okinawa got published in a poetry journal!

WTF is a free quarterly zine produced by Rattlesnake Press and the Poetry Unplugged poets from Luna’s Cafe in Sacramento. It features “X-rated” works from local writers and artists.

I hoped mine would be printed in English and Japanese, to give them some kind of context. They only printed translations (I swear, I know how to count syllables), but it’s still an honor to get published.

You can pick up a copy at The Book Collector or order it online here.

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Iteru Fasho! April 11, 2010

Posted by Jojo in Other Arts, Photos.
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Above is a picture of all three of my quickly improvised haiku. The teacher wrote them on the whiteboard for group interpretation.

From left to right:

JOJO BRANDEL

1

IT’S CALIFORNIA’S

PRISON SYSTEM THAT’S WICKED.

“PUT ‘EM ALL IN BARS!”

2

AKI-SAMI-YO

MO CHOTTO AWAMORI, YO

ITERU FASHO!

3

CHI TO MITAI.

TONARI NO TOTORO,

TANOSHI DESHO

Not my greatest work ever, but it was pretty fun to see a professional critique a mash up of American slang and Okinawan Hogen. It turns out I can’t count syllables very well!