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David J.P. Fisher has released a Chicago-inspired book of poems, “Five seven five: a daily glimpse of Chicago life seen through haiku.”
The Japanese poetry form, dating back to the 15th century and consisting of three lines of five, then seven and then five syllables, lends itself to the title.
Every day for a year, Mr. Fisher, an Evanston resident, wrote a poem inspired by his observations of Chicago: the people, the El, the weather, the lakefront, and more. It is a new way to see all that the city has to offer and can be a companion throughout the year, he said.
He said, “I started out searching for a way to put art into the daily grind of life. It quickly evolved into a reason to really pay attention to everything that was happening in the city around us.” Mr. Fisher took this ancient form and applied it to the world around him.
“five seven five: a daily glimpse of Chicago life seen through haiku” is available at chicagofivesevenfive.com and in Chicago-area book and memorabilia stores.