Begin writing haiku. If you can’t make it to our Haikufest, Saturday, May 7, in the Chicago area—co-sponsored by the Midwest Region of the Haiku Society of America and the Evanston (IL) Public Library– investigate it on your own.
There are some great haiku journals, such as “Mayfly,” published in Decatur, IL, “bottle rockets,” of Windsor, CT, “Modern Haiku,” of Santa Fe, NM, and of course, “Frogpond,” published by the Haiku Society of America. I also alert you to a great blog, http://www.haikuproject.wordpress.com
The above blog features great news about haiku happenings, and highlights great examples of haiku.
If you really want to learn haiku, you must read a lot of haiku that is being published today in top haiku journals. Sometimes, when haiku is published in poetry journals that cover all forms, it actually isn’t haiku. Many good poets don’t know what haiku is.
Below are some samples of the type of haiku that is being published in haiku publications:
the bonsai . . .
my knotty life
Frogpond, Vol. 34, No.1, 2011
from the prison watchtower
there is a very good view
of the moon too
(“Convicts Shoot The Breeze,” A Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Chapbook Contest Winner 2001, published by Saki Press, Normal, IL)
the bicycle thief
World Haiku Review I:1 (2001): Takashi’s Corner:“TOKUSEN” (Poems of Special Merit)
today’s news the same
— Melissa Allen
“The Heron’s Nest,” March 2011
a night intruder
the summer moon
flooding the bedroom
“Confluence: A Haiku Collection,” 2009
If you’re near Chicago, and can possibly attend Haikufest, please send me your email address. I’ll give you the particulars. There will be lecture, discussion, workshops, a haiku contest, and exhibitions of haiku and haiga (Japanese art featuring ink painting and haiku).
Haikufest is free and open to the public. It is a great opportunity that only comes once a year. We’ll have speakers who are long-time haikuists, experienced in teaching the art of haiku.
Remember, haiku is poetry, not just a thought!