Writing Technique: Paradox

Written for:  Carpe Diem #936 Forest

One of the aims of haiku is to confuse the reader just enough to attract interest and engage the mind. Using this HWT, paradox, will give the reader something to ponder after the last word has been read. Again, the author cannot espouse nonsense but has to construct a truthful paradox connected to reality or even a higher reality. It is not easy to come up with a new subject, but when an author discovers one, the haiku’s briefness adds to the excitement of deciphering the paradox.

Here is an example by Jane Reichhold, my support, in which she has used paradox:

waiting room
a patch of sunlight
wears out the chairs

© Jane Reichhold

Here is my attempt:

Green field
lush from far; close up,
chemical spill


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Writing Technique: Paradox

  1. Ah! the paradox is there clearly ! Well penned !

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