The Haiku

Type Exercise: The Moving Haiku

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Choose one of the Haikus below or find your own and animate. You will use moving type alone, supporting the words with motion and pace to create visual intonations. You can use audio, backgrounds and some minor supporting graphics but how you move the words themselves will be what creates the overall narrative.

You will use type techniques in AE or Motion to build this animation but also keeping in mind the rules of typography for creating meaning while still maintaining legibility.

Please try to keep your Haiku right around 1 minute in length.

What is a Haiku:

Haiku is one of the most important form of traditional Japanese poetry. Haiku is, today, a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

The essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas[2] and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.

the first cold shower
even the monkey seems to want
a little coat of straw

The flap of a bat,
drip drip of monsoon waters.
Ancient image stares.

Freeway overpass
Blossoms in grafitti on
fog-wrapped June mornings

Looking at the clouds
blue in the ice-wind
space flows

alone, on the web,
drops of sensitivity
embrace an eyelash

We stand alone
pierced by a ray of sun
and already it is dark

The thief left it behind
the moon
at the window

the concrete left
in the fire`s wake
a ball bounces

Red pepper pods!
Add wings to them,
and they are dragonflies!

Summer grass
Great warriors
Remains of dreams

avenging plow purrs
madly, hooked angel captures
hazily, hoping

desolation howls
deafly, green demented goats
giggling yearning preys

Poverty tumbles.
A vegetable belches.
Crawling thirst cavorts.

Haiku Websites (a few)

The Haiku Generator

Haiku for People

Haiku Poems

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