With about 116,000 hits and a few hundred followers, I will keep spreading the word about haiku and senryu on my blog. It’s been a year since I started The Daily Haiku, and I have featured hundreds of haiku and senryu poets from many countries who write in the English language.
Most, of all, I hope that newcomers to the blog are learning how to write haiku and senryu without just guessing at how they should be written.
Today, The Daily Haiku features Canadian poet Marco Fraticelli who has been writing haiku for at least thirty years. He is adept at it.
Haiku, nature poems, originated in Japan in the 1600s, and senryu originated there in the 1700s. Senryu is haiku’s twin, written in the same form, but its focus is human nature and it is often humorous.
Haiku and senryu are hip because they are a reflection of the times, language, beliefs and culture they are written in. Today, they are written in dozens of languages throughout the world, and those of us who read them in our own culture, if they are written well, nod in appreciation and understanding of how the poet is feeling who writes them. The imagery that corresponds to the poet’s tone and mood is real.
Those who have read my numerous posts on the basics of haiku and senryu, my interviews with haiku and senryu poets, and who follow The Daily Haiku, have hopefully gotten a sense of how they are not only thoughtful, but are poetic forms with clear imagery and literary devices.
In English language haiku, you rarely see the five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line, as you were likely taught in grade school. Haiku and senryu are usually written in one to four lines and have seventeen or less syllables. In The Daily Haiku, I have run mostly three-line haiku, but many one-liners, too.
There is something for everyone to appreciate in well-written haiku, whether or not they have encountered the moment and experience that is being written about. Remember that haiku capture the moments of our lives, and if they are written well, most people will have a sense of the moment that the poet is writing about.
For those experienced haikuists, I hope you will spread the word by giving haiku workshops and readings where you live. We often run into enthusiastic members of the audience who get hooked on haiku and senryu and want to investigate it. We can never have enough followers! And, remember to enter haiku contests too!
Check out the Haiku Society of America’s website, http://www.hsa-haiku.org, to learn about contests that are open to members and non-members alike.
And, for those of you living near Chicago, come to see my haiku exhibit at the Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St., in April, and attend my fun presentation/workshop at Poetry Fest, Saturday, April 30, at the Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Fest is free and my workshop will be well-attended. I will be signing my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.
Please stop in and say hello!