separating me and you
from blackness below
– Jennifer Ashton
sunset at the park
a lone frog croaks
– Michele Rule
embracing the sunlight
rooted in darkness-
– Sally Quon
Sally Quon had one haiku accepted in both Acorn and The Enchanted Garden. Woohoo!
A Brief History of Senryu: A Guest Essay By Orrin Préjean
There’s often much talk about the difference between haiku and senryu. Many folks feel there shouldn’t be a distinction, and I do understand their point; however, in the process of thinking about this specific point, it bears knowing a little bit about the history of both genres.
Both haiku and senryu were born in Edo (Tokyo) and come from specific verses inside of renga (group linked poetry). What is known as haiku comes from the hokku starting verse of a renga. The genre was called ‘haikai no renga’ (witty linked verse).
Some definitions associated with the word ‘haikai’ are things like ‘witty or playful, earthy, or colloquial.’ The renga or ‘linked verse’ was playfully relaxed and did not use the normally complex rules of writing that usually made up renga. At the time there were two schools of renga, High and Low.
Openings and Closings
The Haiku Society of America has three contests closing on July 31. Polish up your haiku, senryu, haibun and submit!
Also closing on July 31 is Seashores Haiku Journal.
Opening on August 1, Tiny Words and Kingfisher Journal.
Have you considered becoming a member of Haiku Canada?
Membership is $40/year. With membership you will receive 2 issues of Haiku Canada Review, a haiku in the Members Anthology, along with newsletters, book reviews, access to contests. You can find more details here.
This Week’s Prompt
“It’s not what you look at that matters, but what you see.”–Thoreau