on the other side
of the mountain…
– Anna Dean
crowded harbor –
for sea life
– Sally Quon
“To Live Here” is a just-released anthology of haiku. Both Michele Rule and Sally Quon are contributing haiku poets.
Speaking of Michele and Sally, we are happy to report we successfully completed our Haiku-A-Day challenge for the month of July.
One of Michele Rule’s haiku was selected by Poetry Pea, while Sally Quon had haiku selected for both The Scarlet Dragonfly and Kingfisher.
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I want to call this lesson odds ‘n sods. Or nuts and bolts. Better yet, Bits and Bites! Now I want a snack 😋
There are a few little pesky rules in haiku. Capitalization: don’t do it! Except for proper nouns. Those are fine.
Another thing not to use: punctuation! Except the m-dash and the odd explanation point!
Also, metaphor and simile have no place in haiku which is meant to be in the moment and plain language.
Alliteration is welcome but not so much rhyming unless it is internal rhyme.
There seem to be so many rules! Add in a season word and a twist or aha moment and you’ve got a lot going on.
However, I have read some amazing haiku, even some by the masters themselves, that break all the rules. Maybe not all at once but nonetheless. So once you know the rules go ahead and break them sometimes and see what you get. Haiku, like any form of poetry, is still evolving. Who knows, you may be the one to trailblaze the way forward!
Opportunities to Submit
The International Katherine Mansfield Haiku Contest is open now, until September 15.
The 2023 Porad Award is also open now, deadline is Aug. 31.
Presence, a haiku journal out of Britian, opens for submissions on Aug. 15
Enchanted Garden is open from Sept. 1-15. The theme is “yellow.”
Call for Submissions on The Theme of “Borders”
Charlotte Digregorio seeks submissions of haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, or other poetic forms for her blog, www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com, on the theme of borders.
Her blog includes “The Daily Haiku” with writers from sixty-one countries.
You may email her with just one of your poems about borders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously published are fine. Unpublished poems may be edited/revised for clarity.
All are welcome to submit, especially those who’ve never appeared on this blog.
Deadline: August 15.
Your submissions will appear in a post on Saturday, Aug. 19.
A Letter from Charlotte Hrenchuk for the Haiku Foundation
I am the guest editor for the Haiku Foundation’s Haiku of the Day for the month of November.
I live in Whitehorse, Yukon so I have chosen the theme of the North. I think of this as a place, as a metaphor, as a symbol of freedom and wide, open clean spaces, as cold & frozen, the end of the road, a refuge, living with nature, the boreal forest, tundra, etc. I am looking for poems that illustrate this space, life in northern places, evoke the spirit/feeling of the North and related concepts.
Please submit up to 3 previously published haiku and/or senryu and include where the poem was published. The haiku may be from one to three lines.
Please include your email and send your work to email@example.com
The due date is August 31.
Poems will be selected by September 30.
I have a form requesting the right to publish your haiku which will only need your confirmation.
Once poems are selected, I will provide a list with the haiku, poet and date to be published to Lynne Jambor at The Haiku Foundation.
I will then inform poets selected the date on which poems will appear. If you have not received a request to publish, your poem has not been selected. This does not mean the poem is unworthy, it is just that only 30 can be chosen for the month of November.
Although I’ve chosen the theme, none of my own work will be included as this is a celebration of our community. Only one poem will be included from any one poet.
I look forward to receiving your submissions.
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This Week’s Prompt
This week we challenge you to write a haiku based on the season word konoshita yami – shade of a tree. You don’t need to use the exact words but the intent of the words should be evident.
Please send your haiku to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We can’t wait to read your work!
“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”-Robert Creeley