Friday, August 2, 2013

The Professor of Horror and Haiku

a rare photograph of Professor Gage
not wearing his trademark purple bathrobe
Cleveland's Joshua Gage, haiku-master and MC of the long-running Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour, will be presenting "Vampires, Zombies and Cannibals, Oh My!: An Exploration of Horror in Haiku Based on Intervals of Fear" at the Haiku North America conference this month. HNA is the largest and oldest gathering of haiku poets in the United States and Canada.
"Horror is directly related to the idea of time, either stretching out time, condensing time, containing time, etc.  Gage will discuss this, and then show clips from horror movies, and explore how directors use these images and condense or expand time. Once it is established that the manipulation of time can create moments of horror, participants will mine these clips for imagery that could then be used to develop strong horrorku.  The conference theme describes intervals as "where humanity slows, observes, absorbs"--and Gage's premise is that haiku can manipulate time to create a more haunting and/or horrorific experience."
Congrats, Josh!

Manipulating time:
moments of horror
moments of haiku


Geoffrey A. Landis said...

I've been mulling over the parallels between horror and haiku, and I'm beginning to really see many stylistic connections.

Haiku is also about implication, producing an effect in the reader by innuendo, and sometimes by what is chosen NOT to be shown as outlined by what is shown-- which is what the best (or at least the most subtle) horror films do.

pottygok said...

A few other points:

Horror is about the manipulation of time, which ties into your idea of implication. A good horror writer (or filmmaker) will manipulate time by building suspense and then releasing it in someway. Haiku, also, can develop intervals of time by building towards something and forcing the reader to release it on their own. Alternately, haiku can viscerally show the aftermath of something, and allow the reader to imagine the cause. Both can equally provide terror.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau