Is it true people are afraid to face their own thoughts and feelings?
Ask Lisa Ann Markuson. She’s a poet, woman, and adventurer who created the “Gals” in the poetry company, Haiku Guys and Gals. Lisa Ann believes society has lost its ability to connect with one another because we are prisoners of our screens, Apps and single-family suburban homes.
There’s something so compelling about this warrior of words who believes “poetry is a portal to a slightly better place, a slightly fresher state of mind, a crack in the wall around the heart.” In my head, I can see Lisa Ann slashing through the fluff and regurgitated news in our world. What’s more, she offers a simple solution that doesn’t require radically changing our lives.
Lisa Ann travels the world sharing her special gift with individuals for free or a fee for groups and businesses.
She admits, “it (a haiku) only takes 90 seconds, and it doesn’t hurt at all.”
How fascinating is a woman who dares to do what few will; and she does so by offering a roadmap in her book, 102 Haiku Journal: 17 Syllables to Say It All. For Lisa Ann, it’s simple. A few daily prompts, like those she offers, can help us reframe the way we see the world and our place in it. There are 102 creative prompts, to be exact, and each encourages us to take time. If we’re stuck, she has some inspirational examples to get us started…
Lisa Ann has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles that explain her mission, but what speaks to me most is her sense of optimism and determination to change the world. I get the sense when I look at Lisa Ann’s trajectory of successes that people are beginning to listen and doing so more deeply.
Putting out good, for goodness sake, is a rare gift and it’s vibrancy continues to garner invitations to appear in festivals and performance venues.
This summer Lisa Ann decided to try something new in New York City. Always the creative, she took her Haiku Guys & Gals company to the back seat of Lyft Lines. There, she traveled weeknights and weekends in ride shares offering to do free haikus for unsuspecting travelers.
Of course, the New York Times picked up on this unusual story and interviewed this D. J. of poets. They asked her what people thought. Of course, people loved it and were willing to chat with Lisa Ann who wrote haikus on just about anything for them.
“I felt awkward at first, but then I was like, ‘You know what, I bet if I was a person in a Lyft Line, and I was just bored on my Twitter feed, I would love someone to offer me this,’” she said. “No one has said no yet!” (New York Times)
Lisa Ann believes haiku poetry is perfect because the form is universal and timeless. It’s wonderfully satisfying for everyone and translates across language and nationality. Poetry is alive in our world and in fact, young people are pushing its boundaries and forms in group sessions called Slam Poetry.
More about that tomorrow for our Fun Friday article but WomanScape contributing writer and artist Arica Hilton inspires us to continue to stretch our minds and understanding in this snippet from her poem, Hieroglyph. You can visit the link to read the full poem at AricaHilton.com.
Challenge yourself with Lisa Ann’s help and believe in Arica’s words:
She did not expect angels to carry her.
She fashioned her own wings
From brick walls that crumbled
Before her will.