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Do we need this haiku?

I heard something inspiring during yesterday's commute, Krista Tippett's radio show, On Being. This episode was about creativity. Her guest was Neuropsychologist Rex Jung. When asked to define creativity, he fleshed out three components. Ideally, in his opinion, a creative…

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Something fun for Saint Patrick's Day

Here is a Thomas Moore quote that has been in my mind. "The Irish are among a select few remaining on the earth in whom an alternative, soul-filled approach to ordinary living is still alive.” I am not sure about Irish…

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What is it about compact poems?

What is it about compact poetry that makes it special? Makes it seem more charged? For me, compact poems are all essence. Sometimes, a small poem can be a good sign that the poet put the pen down before the…

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What is the essence of modern American haiku?

It's mind boggling how much there really is to learn about haiku. The majority of haiku practitioners agree at this point that the 5/7/5 syllable count doesn't translate into English. Take that away and you could get haiku like this from Arizona Zipper:…

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