Haiku on the radio.

I was very happy to appear on the NPR and WBUR radio program On Point last week, for an hourlong discussion of haiku with the host, Tom Ashbrook.

Guests included Frogpond editor George Swede and economist Stephen Ziliak (the author of an essay called “Haiku Economics” in the most recent issue of Poetry) as well as myself.

I’ve been an admirer of George’s haiku (and essays) for a long time, and I was impressed by the generosity of his approach to the form. It was also a nice chance to explain why it is I see a confluence between Twitter and texting and haiku.

Many listeners called, tweeted or e-mailed their own haiku in to the show, and George and I both read quite a few. It was one of the most enjoyable and pleasant radio experiences I’ve done yet.

Haiku on the radio.