Baiku: Very Short Poems Made While Riding A Bicycle

Christ BrandtChris Brandt is a writer, activist, translator, carpenter, furniture designer, theatre worker. He teaches in the English Department and the Peace and Justice Program at Fordham University. Poems and essays have been published in Spain, France, Mexico and the US; translations in The New Yorker and by Seven Stories Press, UC Berkeley, and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

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What is a baiku? A very short poem made while riding a bicycle, and later recalled in stillness. Some will have the classic form of a haiku; others will find their own forms. They need not be about bicycle riding as such, but it will somehow be clear they have to do with it. What makes a baiku besides its brevity and the fact that the Muse is riding on your handlebars? This, for example?

I just love
riding down
the green
west side
of Manhattan.

That’s a nice sentiment, and I do love riding the bike path, but there needs to be something more, though what that “more” is I leave to chance, to the Muse, and to you.

[contact-form 3 “Baiku”]

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10 thoughts on “Baiku: Very Short Poems Made While Riding A Bicycle”

  1. BluesCat says:

    Sticky Maintenance

    Tick, ticking from spinning wheel
    Bubble on bike tire
    Pink, gummy problem

  2. Tom Bowden says:

    Baiku poem writes itself
    comment form confuses
    poem disappears. Why?

  3. Tom Bowden says:

    Cyclists pedal earnestly
    Airplane flies above
    Sweat beats jet fuel

  4. Tom Bowden says:

    Rusting Raleigh Rolls relentlessly
    while steel wheels flatten hills
    weight is an illusion

  5. Ted Johnson says:

    Spotted an old bike
    For sale from a college kid
    Friday beer money

  6. […] Baiku: Very Short Poems Made While Riding A Bicycle […]

  7. Dave Fletcher says:

    Biking in Miami:

    A car blows the stop.
    I slam on brakes and swerve right.
    Death avoided again.

  8. Dave Fletcher says:

    Century riders!
    Enthusiasm, speed, wind, thirst.
    How far to next pit?

  9. TripleJRanch says:

    Provence in California

    hot asphalt
    hot muscles
    biking past
    a fragrant field of lavender
    in the hot shade

  10. David Roederer says:

    Pedals cranking wheels
    Spinning hair flying it’s re-

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