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September 24, 2009

Haiku Flu

You've heard of the ideavirus? A theme or concept travels organically and informally from person to person until it pervades and exerts unusual influence on a culture. Given recent discoveries by my cobloggers Rebecca and Christa, it's clear that haiku flu is making the rounds these days. I like to think of Strangely Dim as this particular outbreak's equivalent of Typhoid Mary, and that happily the poetic pandemic we find ourselves in has no immediate cure.

As only the latest evidence of this admittedly audacious contention, I point to Mike Stavlund, a friend of Likewise whom I esteem greatly. Mike attended a recent Emergent conversation with theologian Jurgen* Moltmann, and has been so ebullient in his enthusiasm about it that his friends are putting constraints on how he talks about it. You can read the creative impact of those constraints--theological haiku--by visiting his blog. Haiku flu--catch it! Spread it!



*My apologies to Dr. Moltmann; I don't know how to make an umlaut over the "u" in his first name. 

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at September 24, 2009 10:10 AM Bookmark and Share


try an ampersand,
the letters u, u, m, l
and semicolon


Comment by: Mark Eddy Smith at September 24, 2009 11:15 AM

Can you catch haiku?
Like flu? Are there haiku shots?
I think I need one.

Comment by: Kimberlee Conway Ireton at September 26, 2009 1:18 AM

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Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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