The word “pareiku” is a combination of two ideas:
- ‘pareidolia’ – the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.
- ‘-ku’ – a tribute to Japanese poetry forms like the haiku and tanka.
The Pareiku is a unique type of art that features the visual and poetic elements. Two seemingly unrelated images are linked together as one by a short 19-syllable poem that follows the 7/5/7 syllable pattern.
A Pareiku must have a title, but the punctuation of the poem is optional. The two images can feature the same or different types of visual art (photography, paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc.). However, you must own copyrights or have permission from the artist(s) to use those images. Furthermore, credits are required at the end of your piece.
Pareiku are meant to be positive / inspirational and family-friendly. This means: no erotica and no swear words allowed.
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You can read more examples of this beautiful and unique poetry form here at Auroras & Blossoms.