Nanette Wylde’s poem haikU, is an electronic poem that allows its reader to contribute to the making of the poem. On the screen appears a haiku. In the upper left hand corner are dots in the sequence of the number of syllables on each of the three lines in a haiku. Once you have experience the haiku you have the capability to press the dots in the upper hand corner which regenerate a new poem. In the upper right hand corner there is a link to a page that allows the audience to contribute to one of the lines in the regenerative haiku.
A haiku is a short poem with five syllables on the first line, seven syllables on the second line, and five syllables on the third and final line. The author is to use those lines to create a singular poetic piece. Wylde allow for chance and her audience to contribute to her poem. Wylde’s use of the regenerative haiku changes how the haiku is perceived by her audience.
Although the sequence of words is spontaneous and unpredictable they seem to flow together creating meaning. Part of the experience of the poem is breathing its first, last, and only meaning into it. Once the upper left hand dots have been clicked the haiku is gone possibly forever because people are constantly adding new lines to the generator. When I came to Wylde’s page the first haiku that appeared alluded to ones realization of injustice . The second haiku is paired with the first with a narrator apathetically resolving that these realizations are pointless. I resolved that the second haiku was the end of the poem. The next series of haiku’s all happen to talk about seasons of weather.
Although they were shown individually I argue that just as Wylde encourages her audience to contribute to the regeneration of the haiku, Wylde also intends for her interactive audience to create their own ties and breaks where it seems organic.