Today we’re sharing the first poetry contribution to our new online series, Instincts: Asian Speculative Poetry. (‘Instincts’ for short).
Haiku are wonderful expressions of thought and beauty: adding speculative elements is especially difficult in this form, so I love the creativity of this piece. And if you’re into haiku, you’ll get the frog reference…
A Haiku (Untitled)
By Stewart C. Baker
Basho’s death day
the neural network stops
to watch the frogs
Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer and poet, web editor for The Heron’s Nest, and editor-in-chief of sub-Q Magazine. Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California, and currently lives in Oregon with his family—although if anyone asks, he’ll usually say he’s from the Internet. You can find him online at https://infomancy.net
Stewart’s work in The Insignia Series Anthologies:
‘Love and Relativity’ (Insignia: Asian Science Fiction, July 2018)
‘Raising Words’ (Insignia: Asian Birds & Beasts, Aug 2018)
If you’re inspired by Stewart’s words and want to give Asian speculative poetry a go, check out our submission details here.
We also have an open anthology submission call for 100-word (drabbles) Japanese Fantasy stories.
We’d love to read your work!
Have a great week,
*Frog image by Samuel Giacomelli on Unsplash