The haiku originated in Japan and is the world's shortest poetic form. For more, consult "Towards a Definition of the English Haiku," a chapter by me in Global Haiku, an anthology I edited with Randy Brooks (see this site's home page). For those interested in a history of the haiku, go to A History of the English Haiku, another chapter by me from Global Haiku and put online, by Ray Rasmussen--poet, photographer and wilderness adventurer
Q Can haiku be funny?
Definitely! Consult the definition article above.
Q What is the difference between a haiku and a senryu?
The senryu is as short as the haiku, but has a slightly different focus. The distinction between them is discussed in the above articles and also by poet Elizabeth St. Jacques in Haiku or Senryu? How to Tell the Difference. Go to Simply Haiku for some by me.
Q What is the difference between haiku and tanka?
Q Are the Japanese interested
in English-language haiku?
Q Are there any English-language haiku groups?
Yes, a number of them. Here
are links to the two major ones in North America: Haiku Society of
America and Haiku Canada plus one in Great
Britain, The British Haiku Society. All offer excellent services.
These have lasted ten or more years: Blithe Spirit (Journal of the British Haiku Society); Frogpond (Journal of the Haiku Society of America (starting Jan '08, yours truly, ed); Haiku Canada Review (LeRoyGorman, ed.); Modern Haiku, the oldest (C.Trumbull, ed.). Also, fine online periodicals are Lynx, (the Reichholds, eds.); Simply Haiku, (R.Wilson ed.); The Heron's Nest (John Stevenson, ed.); World Haiku Review (S. Takiguchi, ed.); Haiku Spirit (G. Fabre, ed.), Roadrunner ( S. Metz, & Paul Pfleuger Jr., eds.).
Q Are there haiku interactive sites?http://www.worldhaiku.net/poetry/eng/tw/p.pfleugerjr.htm
Yes, and the best is the multilingual Versions (Vladimir Ishchenko/Wowwi, owner)
Q Is there interest in haiku among people who don't speak Japanese or English?
Haiku poets are active in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America. Czeslaw Milosz, the Nobel Laureate for Poetry in 1980, actively promoted haiku in Poland before his death in 2004. One of his sites, Nowoczesn Haiku, still exists.
Q What are your favorite haiku blogs?
f/k/a . . . (by David A. Giacalone) and Graceguts (by Michael Dylan Welch).
Q Which one book would you take to a desert island?
The Haiku Anthology (3rd Edition), Cor van den Heuvel (ed.), W.W. Norton, 1999.
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