Roller Derby Haiku

Roller derby haiku. They call it "girl-powered poetry inspired by derby queens." We call it a wonder we made it through high school without this stuff. Some of our favorite examples:

Eva at the line
zombie on zombie action
skating corpses fly


crushin' on U, Doll
gotsta let UR feelings show
brutal valentine

Brutal valentine, indeed!

Originally Published: April 22nd, 2009

Catherine Halley is the editor of JSTOR Daily, an online magazine that draws connections between current affairs, historical scholarship, and other content available on JSTOR, a digital library of scholarly journals, books, and primary sources. She is the former digital director of the Poetry Foundation, where she served as editor...

  1. April 22, 2009
     Dan Brady

    For more Roller Derby inspired reading, check out Barrelhouse's Roller Derby issue:

  2. April 22, 2009
     Kent Johnson

    Funny, I was thinking the other day that the Harriet comments section is quite a bit like Roller Derby.\r


  3. April 22, 2009
     Catherine Halley

    Would that we were a bunch of tuff chix with wrist guards and elbow pads! More people might be inclined to play.

  4. April 22, 2009
     Don Share

    Harriet, at 21, is already a veteran of many sports including women's football. "I have never experienced a sport like it," she says of roller derby. "It's very empowering and there's a much more communal feel to it than the other sports I've been involved in." Emma agrees. "As soon as you put your skates on you become someone else. All your aggression has a channel to come out." [Sounds like poetry to me!]\r

  5. April 23, 2009
     Roberto Planos

    Some of the best wordplay can be found in the names of the Roller Derby women. This is a shout-out to Venus Envy and Annie After-party. NYC misses you.

  6. April 23, 2009
     Flash Hottie

    I always knew we were poetry in motion!