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Interview With Hannah Zonnnevylle, Author of Three Haiku
Question: Could we start off by having you tell me a bit about yourself and your pieces?
"My name is Hannah Zonnevylle and I go to Pioneer High School. I love to write but it’s never something I’ve done seriously or considered myself good at. It helps me think and process things. Sometimes it feels like I have too many thoughts jumping around in my head at one time so it helps me to write them out. Haikus are especially helpful because of their restrictions; they force you to think about what words you really actually want to use and what thoughts and messages you want to convey. The haikus that appear in Pufferfish were ones that I wrote last spring. I wrote a ton of them when I was going through a tough time and they helped me to process my feelings and I enjoyed creating the art in the process."
Question: You have three Haiku, all of them focus on the idea of heartbreak. Are these meant to be read together?
"No, the haikus are not meant to be read to together. While they all focus on the same topic and I wrote them in the same general time frame, they are not a series or anything, just similar thoughts from different times."
Question: The first Haiku seems to talk about this love in a disposable sort of way, why did you decide to speak about it in this way?
"I’m not sure that I meant to refer to the love as disposable, more just a love that no longer exists but is still a part of you. I think that’s what I meant when I referred to the love as 'leftover.' I chose to speak about it in that way because that’s what it essentially was to me. The love itself was gone however there were still traces of it that I felt."
Question: The other two seem to to be building off of that idea. The “yet” in the second piece the “but now” seem to diffuse the attention to this emotion as important. What went into the decision of releasing the energy of love in the piece? (that sounded a lot cheesier than I wanted it to.) Why did you decide to draw the reader away from the narrator?
"The use of 'yet' in the second piece I think was to alert the reader that being in love brings so much fulfillment that it’s easy for one to forget all the other important things that keep happening. Love is such a powerful energy that I think it would have been a huge oversight on my part to not release it (I didn’t really know I released its power but I’m glad I did!). I decided to draw the reader away from the narrator because love affects so much more than one person and I wanted to acknowledge that."
Question: In most poems about love it is compared to great and insurmountable things, were your short Haiku intended to be read as vast or close and personal?
"My short haikus were meant to be personal but I’m sure they are relatable to other people!"
To learn more about Hannah, Three Haiku, and her writing, check out the First Edition of Pufferfish at the Neutral Zone's Shopify (link here)