A haiku is a short poem which traditionally condenses an intense experience into three short lines. The art of the haiku is to use a minimum of expression to transmit the essence of a reality that is recorded (but not captured) in the immediacy of an instant. Aware that the singularity of experience refracts to language and to conventions, and that reality always transcends the word that translates, betrays and sacrifices it, the poet must set his or her experience down in verse like an arrow trained on an eagle in full flight...
There are times in which something of that reality that we form a part of with everything around us goes through us and we know that we have touched the most intimate fibre, that very fibre on which what we see, what is there, what we perceive and what we are all vibrates at the same frequency... A highly pure and simple expression of something equally simple that is perceived in all its immensity, the haiku must be able to transmit its message without making a fuss, to be recovered by an attentive heart...
The best definition of haiku was probably given by Bashō (1644-1694), the travelling monk: Haiku is simply what is happening in this place, at this time. However, by focusing on one apparently insignificant detail, the poet leads us to wonder just how strangely immense the commonplace is, its sacred nature... When the mind sees by touch without projecting what is already known; that is, syntheses performed through reiteration, it becomes innocent and admires. And what it sees is present... The contemplation that haiku provides is a state of presence, it is that state in which life is pure experience. In this way, haiku is much more than a form of expression; above all it is a way of looking, a way of being and, as such, a way of life...

Chantal Maillard. Orinar en la nieve. Ed. Miraguano. Madrid. 2006

120*120. Oil on wood
BLUE 2009.2010