George W. Bush Likes Haiku

Posted: under Reviews.
Tags: , , , November 14th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

My mom is a “clipper.” She clips articles she thinks I will find interesting and gives them to me. Her most recent “clip” found its way into my hands this morning. It’s from the Wall Street Journal.

While reading an except of George W. Bush’s new memoir, she discovered a reference to haiku. Having been a follower of my haiku journey for the past two years, she — of course — clipped the article, highlighted the pertinent section, and gave it to me.

Turns out our former president is an admirer of haiku. He’s not the first politician we’ve encountered who likes the art form. Last year, Alison discovered Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the E. U., keeps a haiku blog. Her post about Van Rompuy was even quoted in a BBC article about his haiku-writing tendencies.

But back to Mr. Bush. We are pleased to know he likes to read the occasional haiku. Now we just have to figure out how to turn him into a regular reader of Haiku By Two!

If you’d like to read the full except that was in the Wall Street Journal, you can find it here: Lessons Learned by a Prodigal Son



  • 1

    How funny! I love seeing haiku pop up in politics. Any chance we can turn our present president onto haiku? I haven’t read any of Obama’s books… does anyone know if he mentions haiku? And what other politicians have a secret interest in haiku? I think we must have no idea of the full scope…

    Also, I have to add that I LOVE your clipping heritage. After leaving Argentina it is one of the things that has kept us close – your clippings. I guess I can thank your mother for this!

    Comment by Alison — November 14, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  • 2

    i am quite surprised

    our buffoon ex-president

    would know of haiku

    Comment by johanna — November 16, 2010 @ 4:48 am

  • 3

    It’s quite common that politicians like, and even write haiku. Unfortunately Herman van Rompuy’s haiku were badly translated into English by his publisher.

    Herman van Rompuy’s haiku in Dutch are good haiku, and if David Cobb who is a respected haiku writer and translator knows Dutch and German very well and often translates work into or from those languages, he would have done a fine job. Oh well. šŸ˜‰

    all my very best,

    Alan, With Words

    Comment by Alan Summers — November 17, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  • 4

    Bush and haikuā€¦unbelievable!!!

    Comment by andante — February 6, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  • 5

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