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Book Release Party this Saturday!

We’ll have stickers featuring quotes from both of the authors, musical acts wondering between poets, great nachos at the coffee bar and more!  Come on out on Saturday and get a copy of our next duel book featuring Keith Baird and Andrew “Ink” Feindt…..new idioms are being made in the basement so if you have a piece for it bring it on by and maybe you’ll make it in….

The fliers below and here’s links to some of our past book release parties:

Bud Smith’s Book Release Party for Tollbooth

Josh Ballards Book Release Party for I Keep Going

The Idiom Anthology Book Release Party


The poster ad for Keith and Ink's Duel Book Release Party!

The poster ad for Keith and Ink’s Duel Book Release Party!

New Duel book coming out Saturday night….

Our next book release party is this saturday night!  The fliers below, but here is a link to a video of Josh Ballards Book Release Party don’t miss out this time around….


The poster ad for Keith and Ink's Duel Book Release Party!

The poster ad for Keith and Ink’s Duel Book Release Party!

Nicole Greenwood and the Haiku structure….

We’re hanging out at the Revolutionary Lounge at the Tuesday night open mic.  Every week we meet here and read our poems….test them out to an audience who’s listening….kids looking to hear something new….Nicole Greenwood comes up to me and says,

“I have a poem”

“Ok” I say.

“It’s made out of Haiku,” she says.

I’d recently read Patricia Smith’s sonnet poem “Motown Crown”  That’s fifteen sonnets the last line always the start of the next sonnet and then the fifteenth sonnet uses all the previous first lines from every sonnet to make its own….so a poem made of haiku I liked the idea for….

Each Haiku’d stanza makes the poem sound kind like a list.  Read them aloud like you would any haiku and you naturally pause a little between lines and stanzas.  But the listed haiku don’t stand alone they create a slightly abstracted narrative and the setting of a carnival and dizziness one receives when hanging out in such a place contributes to that abstractness.  Young love is mentioned, the confusion adolescents feel and the church that wants apologies gets pushed aside towards the end of the poem when none of that stuff seems to matter during the birth of the child.  There is no indication if the parents are the same as the young love in the middle of the poem but Nicole doesn’t need to tell us that and moves us throughout the piece and through time and has us work a little to see the transitions.  I like working with poems and making sense of them on my own.

Check out Nicole’s poem on the Idiom Website and other pieces from this issue and let us know what you think….

Diner Haikus in the current issue….

Diner Haikus the epitome of each issue in the Idiom Magazine:

For those late nights / early mornings when you’re wired on 17 cups of coffee and can only focus on 3 lines at a time anyway. The traditional syllable count for the Japanese poem is 5, 7, 5.


Here are some from this issue by Keith Baird

“Restaurant Etiquette”

sending your food back?
you might as well order a
side of spit with that


alcohol induced
epiphanies hold more truth
than talking to god



Follow @DinerHaikus on Twitter for your daily dose of haiku (sometimes I miss a few days after crashing from a caffiene binge, then I post a whole buncha haiku from said crash). There’s also a book of Haiku I’m in somewhere at www.theidiommag.com
5, 7, then 5
We must tell a whole story
In just three short lines

Haiku Death Match in Jersey City!

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Andrew “Ink” Feindt won the Haiku Death Match in Jersey City!

Check out his site here at http://www.inksblot.com/ and our site where you can pick up 5, 7, then 5 a book of Haiku with Ink and more

But it was an intense night with great poets….met some great people, hopefully if they see this post they can add their contact info. in the comments section and all that

Don’t forget to check out www.theidiommag.com to see more of Ink’s work from The Idiom Magazine and even hear the podcast we did with Ink a few months back!


Haiku Poets 11/10/12 Reading

Piscataway House Publications released a book this past year consisting of a collection of Haiku from six Central Jersey Poets, 5, 7, then 5.  The book is available to purchase at the Idiom Website
This past Saturday on November 10, 2012, four of the poets, Keith Baird, Ink, Dogmatic, and Jason Portizo read some of their Haiku at The River Read Poetry Series at the Red Bank Library.

Here are some pictures of the reading

and here is a link to the youtube page to see a small video of them…..if theres anything we learned from this, its that we need a real camera and not an iphone to record our readings….