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Hood Haiku, 2017

 

Words

Michael "Mikemetic" Donovan

 

Visuals

Ty Carey

 

From the Author:

"The verses in Hood Haiku bring a variety of cultural forms together in one place:

Each triplet adheres to the 5-7-5 syllable structure of the traditional Japanese haiku.

The words naturally embrace what western literary theory calls the Four Master Tropes:

metaphor, synecdoche, metonymy, and irony.

Many conceptually mistake the hood for the ghetto. They are not the same, although ghettos are a type of hood.

Hoods are the seat of Black culture within any given city or region in America. They transcend class, and are the nexus that reflect the cultural norms that connect people of color.

Where the words flow freely with the creative spice sometimes referred to as ebonics. And the scenery constantly changes while somehow staying the same.

Until gentrification, that is…"