How do senryu differ from the better-known genre of haiku? Can senryu be funny, sexy, sarcastic, personal, even heartbreaking? Yes!
You can read many outstanding haiku ebooks on the web, and download many of them for free. Here are five you will enjoy.
A good haiku needs "a gap where sparks fly." Japanese haiku use a kireji, a "cutting word," between two images, and English haiku also have a juxtaposition or "cut."
Few know that Richard Wright, author of Black Boy and Native Son, wrote haiku in his last year of life. Like Ginsberg and Kerouac he is an American pioneer of the form.
A humorous guide to writing "bad" haiku -- mediocre and boring ones -- whose goal is to help people write and edit haiku better.
"Haiga" is Japanese for a haiku with a picture that illustrates it or plays off it in some way. Today, there are haiga with brush paintings, photographs, and abstract art.
Traditional nature haiku use kigo, or "season words." Like the famous "cherry blossoms" for spring, these words or phrases evoke a particular time of year.
An in-depth appreciation of four great bloggers who post mostly haiku, or haiku and tanka, plus other fine blogs & Keruac's haiku on YouTube. Add your own favorites in the comments!
Not many English speakers know that woman as well as men wrote haiku in pre-modern Japan, but Chiyo-ni (Kaga no Chiyo) is considered one of the great masters of the form. Here are some of her poems with links.
The haiku and life of Kobayashi Issa with examples of his poetry and links to more, as well as what he can teach us about writing haiku.