Haikuleaks: "Cable is Poetry"

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  1. Lt. Mamiya says:

    As a couple of astute posters have already pointed out, this concept was pronounced definitively lame nearly a decade ago – but thanks for turning back the clock…

    http://violinbackpacker.tripod.com/banhaiku.html

  2. stAllio! says:

    too perfect? try HAIKU FAIL!

    “rocha and rands” = 4 syllables
    “doesn’t the US respond” = 7 syllables

  3. Rob says:

    I like this. I would like to see these little haikus lovingly embroidered on pillows. Embossed on commemorative plates. Quoted out of context like bible verses.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Seems to be automated via this Python module: https://github.com/jdf/haikufinder

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, this is pretty clearly an automated process, looking for sentences with the right syllable count, and adding line breaks in the right places.

    I’d be impressed if someone had actually written proper haiku inspired by the leaked cables, but this is neither creative, nor clever.

  6. genericrich says:

    Sigh. Haiku’s are not just meter or # of syllables. It is an imagistic form, where use of images conveys emotion. EPIC HAIKU FAIL

  7. grikdog says:

    the word you’re looking
    for is senryu, not haiku –
    fail, fail, fail, fail, fail

  8. Anonymous says:

    They read perfectly
    when in the voice of Shatner.
    Is Kirk haiku-prone?

  9. Lobster says:

    Ah, haiku. It’s like Twitter, but artsy! :D

  10. davethegame says:

    Haiku purists lack
    ability to laugh at
    funny site concept

  11. mdh says:

    “Either way, genius. “

  12. The Life Of Bryan says:

    This is beautiful
    Technology leveraged
    to show truth in lies

  13. foo says:

    This is pretty similar to the haiku abuse at hiddenhaiku.com, but with politics.

  14. 82times says:

    Here’s another site that does something similar, but makes new ones on the fly:
    http://cableku.info/

    My personal favorite (from 09MADRID392)…

    Counsel and John Yoo
    based on misinformation
    permitted torture

  15. grikdog says:

    Haiku purists know
    our precious art is 2 l33t
    4 Am3Fvcons.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Try the various permutations at Is It Haiku? http://daghlian.com/haiku

  17. Anonymous says:

    To automate this search, you’d have to have a tagged corpus of words (including proper names) with their syllables counted. And you’d have to be able to recognize sentence boundaries.

    Then you’d have to search for word combinations that fit into 5 – 7 – 5 syllable patterns, and which end on a sentence boundary.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I like that “hipster cliche” haiku post above.

    Why did my mind register the last line of the second one in column two as “in mind, not just evil”?

    • humanresource says:

      Cheers Anon; yeah, evil does work better.
      Enemies of joke haiku should open their minds to the glory of a genre now liberated from zen padantry, or else miss out on the noble offerings of Western Masters such as Beavis and Butthead:

      Burning cherry tree
      Every blossom is aflame
      Shit, here come the cops

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