Corrado Aiello (Italy)

a dragonfly hovering over
its prey

Comment: a poem focused on the juxtaposition between the movements in the flight of a dragonfly (tonbo 蜻蛉) in the second ku –in particular, on its soft and silent hovering above the prey– and a fast, noisy rollercoaster in the opening line. This is emphasized by the use of the ellipsis as a cutting mark (kireji 切れ字), which seems to reproduce three stylised cars ready to face the turns and slopes of a railroad track.
A haiku that plays on an interesting and captivating alternation of acceleration, braking, and stalls with different layers of reading and interpretation.

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