A couple of weeks ago I went to a low-key poetry reading in a local bar – one eminent national poet and a local poet reading a few pieces each. Part-way through I realised how long the poems were, which made me smile and think, I love haiku.
- It’s not a book but it’s a story worth hearing
- There’s room for imagination
- It knows when to be quiet
- It understands the power of a single word
- It doesn’t outstay its welcome.
There are more ideas that can be added to this list, but you get my drift.
Over on Haiku NewZ there is an occasional feature called My Favourite Haiku where various poets and editors choose (some of) their favourites and write a little about them. The following haiku was in the selection of Beverley George, an Australian writer and editor.
I open my hand
to the autumn wind
– Maria Steyn
If I was to make a selection today this would surely be in it
reminding me I am dust this shaft of sunlight
– Andre Surridge, Fear of Dancing (Red Moon anthology, 2014)
Good news! Melissa Allen is again blogging her haiku and haibun at Red Dragonfly. Melissa is one heck of a writer and I suggest you check her work out. Here’s her selection of favourites on Haiku NewZ.
the sound of geese through the crosshairs
– Melissa Allen, Fear of Dancing
I’ve been loaned the Japanese Haiku 2001 anthology, edited by the Modern Haiku Association. It’s hard to know how true these English haiku are to their originals but reading any contemporary haiku from Japan is a gift.
eating a persimmon
darkness builds inside me
– Rinka Ono (1904-1982)
In a brief bio note, Mr Ono is credited with mentoring many haiku poets who became major figures in Japan.
on the bathroom door –
– Hakko Yokoyama (1899-1983)
Mr Yokoyama was director of a hospital, owned a private clinic and was an elected city councillor, as well as being president of the Modern Haiku Association.
And, finally, an autumn haiga by Ron Moss of Tasmania. View it here. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a haiga is a combination of haiku (or tanka) with art – these days that can be anything from a traditional brush and ink painting to a computer-generated digital image. Ron also makes art to go with selected haiku in each edition of A Hundred Gourds.