Attention Followers and Readers:
January 18 through the 24th is Senryu Week here on The Daily Haiku. Senryu, pronounced by Americans as “sen-ree-YOO,” with the accent on the third syllable, is in the haiku form, but focuses on human nature or human weaknesses. Or, it can bring out the ironies in life, and is often humorous. The Japanese pronounce it more like “send-ROO.”
Senryu is just as artful and imagistic as haiku, if it is written well. And, like haiku, it is subtle in spirit. It is never crude or insulting. I hope you enjoy the thoughtfulness and delight of senryu, and that you learn to write it well.
I have included many other senryu posts on The Daily Haiku through the years. Please read them, if you find yourself interested in the form.
We start off our Senryu Week with Iowan Bill Pauly’s poem below. He is a master at haiku and senryu.
after the dentist
by Bill Pauly
Haiku Poets of Northern California, San Francisco International Contest, 2007
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.