I did want to feature a new illustrated Halloween poem this year, and Mr. Clement Hoyt’s “Hallowe’en Mask” haiku is perfect for the occasion. Mr. Hoyt is listed as an influential American haiku poet in numerous sources, but very little information about him is available – so a bit of poetry mystery for Halloween as well! “Hallowe’en Mask” was published in 1963. Photograph and composition by me.
It is a gmish of illustrations and poetry today, the day before Halloween. The above doodle (pencil on paper) was fueled in part by the piles of halloween candy that keep appearing at work! It was inspired as a revisit to a poem that I featured on Illustrated Poetry back in April (remember, I can’t manage to plan posts around the relevant holidays!) – “Horror Movie” by Howard Moss. Definitely worth a read today or tomorrow! Also, if you would like an Alan-Cummings-sounding Scottish gentleman to read another scary poem to you – “The Twa Corbies” – I recommend my Halloween post from last year.
Meanwhile, I’ve been playing with adding Halloween words to the Poetry Generator. If you haven’t been introduced to the Poetry Generator, click here – you may or may not thank me, as it is quite addictive. It will make random poems for you based on either words you supply or a standard set. I’ll be tweeting out my Halloween generator poems today and tomorrow – they’ll appear in the Twitter sidebar here at IP or follow me on Twitter.