I flew away from
comfort zones furiously
hard barefoot landing
barefoot in the sand
following the tracks
leading back to myself
Hello! Konnichiwa, and welcome to The Solitary Daisy, a place for people who love haiku/senryu and other Japanese short forms. Michele Rule and I, Sally Quon, initially started this newsletter because we wanted to find someone interested in Rengay, a linked-verse form devised by Garry Gay in 1992. What we found instead was a handful of people interested in haiku, from beginners to experienced haiku poets. After a few initial issues, we decided to open it up to everyone.
The Solitary Daisy will be sent out every second Saturday. Each issue will include haiku from our readers, interesting links or upcoming deadlines, a haiku lesson from Michele Rule or an essay from another haikuist, and a prompt for the next two weeks.
If you would like to contribute your prompt-based haiku, please email it directly to Michele at email@example.com, or myself, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will choose five or six haiku to be featured in our next newsletter. We also welcome other submissions – essays, tanka, links, or any exciting news you’d like to share. Has one of your haiku been accepted by a journal? Tell us about it so we can celebrate with you.
This is our seventh issue, lucky number seven. If you would like to receive any of our past issues, send your request to me and I’ll send them along. Except Issue #1. Our first issue was pretty rough.
In the meantime, please enjoy Issue #7. Thank you for joining us! I look forward to reading your haiku.
How’s this for exciting? Sally Quon had haiku accepted by Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, and Tsuri Doro, all in the same week!
Michele Rule received an place in the Gallery for Sonic Boom’s VISPO contest. Way to go, Michele!
Lessons in Haiku by Michele Rule
Hello and welcome to all our new subscribers! So glad to have you here with us in this haiku journey.
For those of you who are new, we are figuring out a way to give you easy access to the earlier newsletters and lessons. Hope to have it sorted by next newsletter. But even if this is your first lesson, I think you will find it helpful.
One of the key components of a haiku or a senryu is a turning point – the jump from one image to the next that makes you say “aha”, even if it doesn’t hit you right away. This is the part that is the trickiest to master, at least for me. Sometimes I stumble on it quite accidentally – other times I keep missing the mark no matter how much editing.
It doesn’t have to be something momentous. But it should be there.
In Japanese, that turning point has a little hint called a cutting word, or kireji. It lets you know the aha is coming. We don’t have cutting words per se in English. You might see the em-dash used, or just the change between lines in the haiku.
There are many ways to create an aha moment. Some of these are comparison, contrast, association, and mystery. You can be straight-face serious or even humorous. Try your hand at different methods and see what works for you!
Cool Links to Check Out
This Week’s Prompt
Photo by Sally Quon
Write a haiku based on this photo. Send them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured in our next newsletter. Submissions due by Friday, July 28.
Don’t forget we welcome your haiku news, prompt-based haiku, essays, or any interesting links or opportunities you might come across.
“Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”–Henry Miller