Dear Readers and Loyal Followers:
If you’ve been following this blog for a long time, you can see that haiku and senryu often overlap. Some of you write to me, from time to time, wanting to know why I didn’t label a particular poem as senryu. Often, when different readers can make a case for it being either a haiku or a senryu, I don’t bother to label it as a senryu.
As I explain in my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, if the focus of the poem is on human nature, rather than on the natural world, then you can consider it a senryu. Senryu are often humorous, as they can involve human weaknesses. A senryu can have natural world images, but again, if human nature is its basic theme, then consider it a senryu.
It’s really a matter of what the particular reader sees it as, taking into consideration its layers of meaning. Sometimes, it’s fun to know what the poet considers it to be.
Feel free to comment and let us know whether you prefer writing haiku or senryu, and tell us why. If I get enough responses, I will devote a post to this topic, compiling your comments. Some of you, I know, have no preference, but actively write both, depending on your inspiration at a particular time.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.