Haiku and senryu, (the latter about human nature in haiku form), mean peace, love, hope, happiness, reconciliation, contentment, spirituality, and a host of other things to people around the world. All haiku and senryu that you read on The Daily Haiku have been previously published, either in journals, anthologies, or in books authored by the poets. This is because great haiku deserve second, third, and “forever” readings. A great haiku that you read anywhere can stick with you for a lifetime.
We learn from reading great haiku and senryu, two very misunderstood forms. They aren’t just “thoughtful” pieces. There is a style and form to haiku and senryu that must be mastered. I hope The Daily Haiku gets readers thinking about whether their own haiku and senryu really represent the art of the two forms.
Many artists who read The Daily Haiku who have never written poetry get hooked on haiku, and go on to create haiga, that is haiku and art combined. Haiga can involve any medium, be it painting or photography or whatever art one does.
Haiku and senryu are simply written, but very skillful on many levels. Most of all, haiku and senryu, when written well, represent poetry at its finest. If you read any definition of poetry by a famous poet, you’ll see that haiku and senryu fulfill the criteria of poetry in every way.
Please enjoy The Daily Haiku. And, if you are already writing haiku and senryu, I commend you for your efforts and hope you continue with your goal to master the two forms.
Charlotte Digregorio, Author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.