Monday, April 17, 2017

International Haiku Poetry Day

I'm sure you all know that April is National Poetry Month, but today there is an international celebration taking place--International Haiku Poetry Day.


Today, on The Haiku Foundation website, EarthRise Rolling Collaborative Haiku 2017 is taking place. It is the internet's largest collaborative poem with contributors from around the world. The theme for 2017 is "reconciliation." You can read through the many entries and/or you can contribute a haiku of your own.

Keep in mind that the definition of haiku IS NOT a poem in three lines with 5-7-5 syllables. For purposes of the collaborative poem try to remember that a haiku is "the essence of a moment keenly perceived." You can write in 3 lines, but don't worry about counting syllables--less is more. Don't write your haiku as a sentence. Don't put a title on it. And. don't use the typical poetic devices of simile or metaphor. The keenly perceived moment is what it is--there's no need for the writer to direct the reader by making comparisons. Of course, you can always read, read, read haiku and come to your own conclusion about its form. I'd suggest you start with The Haiku Anthology: Haiku and Senryu in English [811 HAI] or Baseball Haiku: American and Japanese Haiku and Senryu on Baseball [811.041 BAS]. A haiku is about the natural world, while a senryu has the same form as a haiku, but it deals with human nature.

Have fun reading and writing. This is the only post for this week as Kurious Kitty is taking time off. See you next week.

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