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Haiku are an ancient form of Japanese poetry that have recently become popular in English. By analysing the articles the Financial Times publishes every day with a computer programme, we have unearthed some accidental but powerful haiku.

The poems follow the form and style of a traditional Japanese haiku — typically a three-line observation about a fleeting moment involving nature with 17 syllables arranged in a 5-7-5 pattern.

A surprising number of these poetic forms are buried inside the hundreds of articles the FT publishes every day, from stories as diverse as the columns of Martin Wolf to the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and news and reaction to the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Over the coming weeks we will share these haiku on FT.com and social media. We will also be encouraging readers to share their feedback.

Wayne Shorter, Jason Moran, Dhafer Youssef — London Jazz Festival. By Mike Hobart

trumpet lines rummaged
in dense harmonic structures
breathy sustains slurred

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam review — love, interrupted. By Arifa Akbar

His dead-eyed gaze sees
lost limbs as mere detritus
scattered here and there

Cryogenics case shows our laws are lagging behind science. By Anjana Ahuja

frozen after death
so that she could be revived
if a cure is found

Film review: Your Name — ‘Beyond gorgeous’. By Danny Leigh

enjoyment coming
from their slow realisation
of the dreadful truth

China’s linguistic shift to socialism with gay characteristics. By Richard McGregor

Under Confucius
a pupil does not dare call
a teacher comrade

Facebook and the manufacture of consent. By Izabella Kaminska

a single issue
dominates a reader’s mind
a turn of the page

Spirited away: on the mezcal trail in Mexico. By Jessica Colley Clarke

the edge of the pit
I can see heat rising off
the stones distorting

For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku

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