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The topic for the first of the FT’s weekly haiku contests is: the career-defining interview or conversation

Our first Judge is Jim Kacian, a co-founder of the World Haiku Association, as well as owner of Red Moon Press and editor of Frogpond, the international membership journal of the Haiku Society of America. He has published five books of haiku.

Here is what he has to say about the topic and examples of ancient poems reimagined that deal with it:

“Job-seeking was not an issue for Japanese people until the past century. Born into a caste society, people knew their lot in life pretty much from birth, with little room for social or professional aspiration.

“As a consequence there are relatively few poems from the times of classical haiku and senryu that would pertain to this week’s topic.”

Classical examples translated from Japanese and updated by Mr Kacian:

Intending to become

Richard Branson. he arrives

at Euston Station.

after Amenbo

* * *

Through the window

of the employment agency,

so many windows!

after Shun-u

* * *

Sitting down

In the director’s chair,

Feeling herself the director.

after Akegarasu

* * *

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