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Roller Derby Haiku

By Catherine Halley

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!

Comments (6)

  • On April 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm Dan Brady wrote:

    For more Roller Derby inspired reading, check out Barrelhouse’s Roller Derby issue: http://www.barrelhousemag.com/word/?page_id=5

  • On April 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

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


  • On April 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm Catherine Halley wrote:

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

  • On April 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm Don Share wrote:

    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!]


  • On April 23, 2009 at 12:05 am Roberto Planos wrote:

    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.

  • On April 23, 2009 at 8:02 am Flash Hottie wrote:

    I always knew we were poetry in motion!

Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 by Catherine Halley.