Dylan Tweney is the editor and publisher of tinywords, which has been serving small poems daily since 2000. The Haiku Society of America has recognized it as the “largest-circulation journal of haiku in English.” Dylan is also a senior editor at Wired, in charge of gadget news, new product reviews, and other ultra-geeky topics. The motto at the top his website reads, “If you’re bored, you’re not paying attention.” I spoke to him last month by phone, and got him talking about everything from how he handles a large volume of submissions on a part-time basis, to what he learned from studying poetry with Louise Glück, to why he decided to live-tweet a Wagner opera.
Here are a few of Dylan’s favorite haiku and micropoems from the past ten years of tinywords.
- the junkyard crane… [haiku]
- Another weekend over… [one-line poem]
- gnarled banksias… [tanka]
- hail storm… [haiku that spawned a 316-poem renga in the comments]
- prairie sunset… [haiku]
- A boy swims alone… [haiku]
- cherry-petal shells… [haiku]
- cardiogram… [haiku]
Tinywords is currently accepting submissions (through September 30) for the next issue, on cities and urban life. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the magazine: @tinywords as well as Dylan himself: @Dylan20.
Theme music: “Le grand sequoia,” by Innvivo (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence)
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