Yesterday, I put my haiku collection Urban Haiku – Poetry for the Metroplex up on Amazon and for all of you who really dislike Amazon for some reason, it is also available for Nook. I feel a teeny tiny bit accomplished now, I never thought I would one day actually publish a book containing poetry, but such are the wonders of the modern age and the technology that enables really easy self-publishing.
Also, I simply enjoy writing haiku and they just add up over time. So, if you like haiku or simply enjoy poetry with a rather modern perspective (the collection covers city life, cyberspace, geek stuff and elements of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, after all, even strings and the Higgs boson are featured) or you simply want to sponsor dinner at a restaurant (that#s about what I expect to come out), please consider the collection.
It also makes a great gift for people you want to freak out, I guess.
Over the course of the last twelve months, I set myself the task of writing at least one haiku every day. Granted, I did not always manage, but I did my best to catch up when I had the time.
The haikus I wrote primarily deal with life in the metroplex, daily occurrences on the shuttle train, encounters on the street, work, that sort of thing, hence the title Urban Haiku.
For flavour, there are also some concerning cyberspace, geek matters and the Cthulhu Mythos. The collection is currently being lay-outed and will hopefully be released in a few weeks.
If any of you are interested in receiving (and possibly reviewing) a copy, drop me a line or comment. I will respond as soon as possible, the collection is only available in electronic form, but the kindle app is free of charge anyway.
In our time, with digital downloads in various formats being readily available, one sometimes forgets or even does not know that it was not always thus. The older ones among us will still remember the days of the cassette player and the old vinyl records. The latter enjoying something of a renaissance right now.
But long before the days of DVD, CD, Blue Ray and MP4, there was the wax cylinder. Far less known than the beloved gramophone, it was the first working technology for recording speech and music. A few post earlier, I featured a kickstarter project for just such a recording project. I think it is well worth supporting, which I did. In any case, I guess the team will have better technology at hand and thus produce a superior quality version of a wax cylinder recording.
The thing is, with the relatively „primitive“ technology available in the actual historic period (ca. late 1880’s+), the sound quality was not all that great as the following recording shows:
OK, the lyrics are German, so you may have some difficulties anyway, here are the lyrics:
Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten,
Daß ich so traurig bin,
Ein Märchen aus uralten Zeiten,
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt,
Und ruhig fließt der Rhein;
Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt,
Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet
Dort oben wunderbar,
Ihr gold’nes Geschmeide blitzet,
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar,
Sie kämmt es mit goldenem Kamme,
Und singt ein Lied dabei;
Das hat eine wundersame,
Den Schiffer im kleinen Kahne,
Ergreift’s mit wildem Weh;
Er sieht nicht die Felsenriffe,
Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh‘.
Ich glaube die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende noch Schiffer und Kahn,
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen,
Die Lorelei getan.
I did not deliberately go for German lyrics. This is actually the first Youtube video that came up in the search. And in case you wonder: The Lorelei is both the name of a rock formation on the banks of the Rhine and of a (relatively modern) nixie, who sits on this rock and lures fishermen and sailors on the Rhine below to their death.