In the Financial Times on election day!

Click the link for the article FT, London Β 07/05/2015

Taken from an article in the Financial Times yesterday

Haiku at Work: ‘the man from IT’ and ‘the personal performance review’

Our haiku contest this week attracted entries ranging from clever character portraits to intimate poems exploring the emotional side of work.

The contrasting themes were “the personal performance review” and “the man from IT”.

The personal performance review winner is Marion Clarke:


missed targets

he suddenly regrets

Sunday night darts


The poem uses imagery to evoke a lot in a few words, says Jim Kacian, founder of The Haiku Foundation and one of our two judges.

“The pathos of the content – imagining that realising one’s career goals might only be possible through foregoing even the slightest of personal pleasures – is delivered in [its] starkest terms, without commentary, and so is all the more devastating.”


About seaviewwarrenpoint

I am a writer, poetry facilitator and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. My blog is Twitter @MarionSClarke
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13 Responses to In the Financial Times on election day!

  1. You get my vote Marion πŸ˜‰

  2. Patsy says:

    Brilliant! Well done.

  3. Ann Williams says:

    Well done for saying so much with so few words. An art some speakers could do well to perfect!

  4. Love this! Love your poems!

  5. Angela Barton says:

    How clever! I find Haiku fascinating to read but difficult to achieve myself. Think I’ll stick to novel writing!

    • Thanks, Angela. I have been writing haiku for so long now that it has become a way of life, really rather than a conscious attempt to write poetry. The poems in the Financial Times ‘Workplace Haiku’ column are often really senryu, rather than haiku, because they deal with the role of man on earth rather than the natural world. For that reason I would consider mine to be a senryu, but it’s easier to label it a haiku! πŸ™‚


  6. Heard during the week that I was runner-up in the Financial Times Workplace Senryu competition with the following: (BTW, the theme was ‘the conference call’)

    face to face
    not as nice
    as his voice

  7. That is brilliantly observed, Marion!

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