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ROMANIAN MINIANTHOLOGY OF ASTRO-HAI-KU
Societatea Astronomica Romana de Meteori
Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Bd Tineretului 53
Bl. 65, Sc.B
Et1, Ap.40
Sector 4
Bucharest
Romania

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ROMANIAN MINIANTHOLOGY OF ASTRO-HAI-KU

This is the English version of an antholgy published by The Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy as part of their Festival of Cosmopoetry. Around half the contributors are school-children.

There is much use of metaphor and whilst the works would be welcome in the context of scifaiku not many really pass muster as haiku.

My two favourites are this by Marian Truta

	Seagulls  the crying 
	of the ocean which cannot 
	drown the earth
and
	Vastness  the pencil 
	which I use for writing 
	about the Universe
by school pupil Diana Maria Ogescu.

There's also a nice concrete haiku by Don Mitrut
	Model rocket 
	f
	 i
	  r
	   s
	    t 
	      t
	       i
		m
		 i
		  d 
		    m
		     e
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		       e
		        o
		         r 
			   i
			    g
			     n
			      o
			       r
				i
				 n
				  g 
	the gravitation laws.
Especially interesting for me is part of the introduction by Marian Truta:
hai-ku the wish to overrun the flashing ineffable of a moment for eternity.
hai-ku the inclusion of infinity.
The whole universe is a haiku. It is contained only by itself, but contains all. The Big Bang is the premise for beginning, is the feeble sound heard in the radiation of microwaves of 2.73K. The people are the conclusion of the Universe, the people are the feeble and strong sound through their sublime and terrible facts. The reflection of the Universe in the people's consciousness is the strong sound, whole Cosmos becoming aware through its existence in the people's mind. And if after times a Big Crunch will exist, the Universe discovered itself through the peoples' hai-ku for a moment.

reviewer: Gerald England.