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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, December 21, 2003
    Football Haiku

    Yesterday's blog reminded me that many months ago I said I'd blog some more about a wonderful little book I found in Glasgow, called Football Haiku. It's an anthology, containing photographs of footie-playing Scottish schoolchildren wearing T-Shirts featuring texts in the form of 'football haiku'. These kids, and folk from all round the world (via email) had composed these wonderful verses. The haiku rules in this case were very simple - three lines, one word per line. Roughly.

    The project took place in the run-up to the last world cup and I love the results. Favourites include WEE GUY RUNNING; MEN SCREAMING SCORE; POSSESSION IS EVERYTHING; ANYWHERE WILL DO; POLYSTYRENE TEA CEREMONY; EE AY ADDIO; the inevitable THE BEAUTIFUL GAME, the memorable IT IS NOW and the definitive BIRTH FOOTBALL DEATH...

    [hear a 0:45 recording of Football Haiku extracts here]