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International Women’s Haiku Festival: Three Haiku by Martha Magenta

#Haiku Happenings #6: Jennifer Hambrick presents and comments on Martha Magenta’s three haiku for the International Women’s Haiku Festival!

Inner Voices

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British poet Martha Magenta gives voice to the reprehensibility of sexual harassment, the after-effects of a mastectomy, and fleeting fertility in three beautiful haiku.

the depth
of pollution
#metoo

What prompts one to think it acceptable to make implicit or explicit sexual demands of someone else? The impulse may or may not be akin to the one that prompts the polluting of a beautiful landscape with an empty potato chip bag, the results are similar: both victims are left to drown in the filthy residue left behind by those who violate them.

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last rose of summer –
the loneliness
of a single breast

In the normal course of things, we shed cells throughout our entire lives, such that every several years we effectively have entirely new bodies. So why should it surprise us when a part of our bodies must be removed all at once?…

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