Haiku and the Invisible Hand

The economist Stephen T. Ziliak is also a haikuist. As he writes in Poetry magazine, using haiku helps add “feelings to economics.” The gist:?”I was teaching economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology when I made the haiku-economics connection. I needed to connect with 225 economics, science, and engineering majors-college kids who were being trained to believe that poetry and feelings are not important to, say, the World Bank. At the same time I was reading?The Essential Etheridge Knight and falling in love with haiku. I thought about the inability of standard economic models to explain bubbles, crashes, and global inequality-and how market fundamentalists refuse to discuss them.”?[%comments]


An estate agent (I think maybe in the States that is a 'real estate agent?) in Brighton employed a haikuist to train the staff. Now all of the descriptions of the premises are written in haiku and they claim that their sales times have been greatly reduced by it and that all properties get more viewings.


A "haikuist" is a haijin.

VB in NV

Springs and falls in wants
Can make ecomomists think
Things are getting verse

High queue.

Unemployment blues..
In the winter's frosty pane
I scratch out my name.

Eileen M Wyatt

Fundamentals changed!
Reason denies the bubble --
Until it goes BOOM!

VB in NV

An economist thought he was grand.
He wrote haikus so we'd understand
About interest rates, trade,
How incentives persuade,
And to learn 'bout supply and demand.

Ian Callum

old pond still and calm

leaping frog comes flying out

splashing water rings

-- Basho


Haikus are easy
But they don't always make sense

Drill-Baby-Drill drill Team

Nostrodamus writes
An Apocalypse in 2012!
Flavored Suicide Pills.

--I Kid Because I Love!


Credit default swaps,
Lazy ratings agencies,
I can't sell my house

Eileen Wyatt

Economists laid
end-to-end girdle the earth
Still no two agree

Drill-Baby-Drill drill Team

Snow falls blanket City
Winter Wonderland Landscape
Yes, Cannibalism.


Now that you mention it, Twittering is a form of unstructured haiku, I believe--you must say what you want in so many letters (versus syllables, etc.).

I remember that during the Nixon administration, there was some attempt to rein in all the long memos. Basically, if a person couldn't put their idea on a SINGLE, double-spaced paper, it wasn't read.

I bet the Tax Code would be greatly improved if we used haiku:

All that you bring home
Pay one-tenth to Uncle Sam.
Now everyone's happy.


Easing raises costs
Uncertainty makes me save
Deflation happens