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Topics - Julie B. K.

Contests and Awards / Haiku Foundation Contests?
February 19, 2015, 12:43:07 AM
Is The Haiku Foundation not holding their annual set of contests this year? Or am I having trouble navigating the mobile website? Thanks--
New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / All rights
October 28, 2014, 02:48:23 AM
I recently entered a haiku contest that required the poet to sign over all rights to enter. Usually, I try to avoid contests or publications with this requirement in favor of first rights, so that I know I retain ownership of my work for the future. But for this particular contest, I noted several prominent haiku poets had entered, despite the all rights stipulation. Is there a time and a place where giving up all rights to your haiku is worth it? I feel like I must be missing something ...

Thanks in advance!
Julie B.K.
A couple of days ago, I had a chance to read my poetry in public for the first time.  I really engaged the (albeit small) audience of writers when I spoke about haiku and scifaiku.  But I found reading my haiku to be exceptionally challenging, both in the sense that it is an emotionally vulnerable experience and that I think you need to read haiku differently (slower?) than other forms of poetry to connect with the listener.  A friend of mine who came with me for moral support commented that, unlike in a longer speech or poem, where the listener can miss a word or two without losing context, every word counts in haiku.

So, is there a secret to reading haiku so that your listeners don't get lost?  Do you read more loudly, more slowly?  Do you provide the audience a written copy of what you are reading?     ???

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
I've been wondering whether it makes sense to enter haiku into standard poetry contests.  It seems like most journals have a bias toward short or long forms, so I would suspect that most contests do too, but many contests are worded as if they have no preference.

So, I was wondering what most of us here do - do you try to publish in other journals besides haiku journals or do you just stick to specialty journals?  Do you ever enter poetry contests with haiku that are not specified as haiku contests?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Julie B K
I just realized that I have more than 300 haiku & short form poems out on Twitter.  What is the best way to organize them?  ???   I can't seem to wrap my mind around how to structure the collection.  I used to just log one poem per Word document in a Poetry folder on my computer when I wrote longer forms, but that seems excessive for short forms.  Maybe one haiku per index card & throw them all in a recipe box?

How do you organize your haiku?  Thanks in advance for sharing.   :)

Julie B. K.
As recently as 2008, I would have told you that I hated haiku.  It was my least favorite poetic form.  Somewhere along the line, I became convinced that I could never write - nor understand - these short forms.  In my family-friendly science blog, I had this to say:

a difficult form
even with 5-7-5
this is not haiku

However, since I like both science and poetry, I bumped into science fiction poetry.  This led me to write Fibonacci Sequences and scifaiku.  For reasons that I can't explain, scifaiku got past my anti-haiku bias.  Once I started writing these little poems, I became obsessed.  I discovered Scifaikuest and submitted a few poems for publication.  In my cover letter, I mentioned that this was my first batch of scifaiku.  Editor teri santitoro was very encouraging and published some of my work.

So, for me, scifaiku provided an entry into haiku.  I doubt that I ever would have developed a passion for haiku if not for scifaiku.   

How did you meet haiku?

Julie B. K.
I'd appreciate some insight into the process of self-editing your haiku ...

Some haiku come to me fully formed, but that is the rare exception.  Usually I re-work them until I have an "aha!" moment and then I tweak the edits until I am reasonably happy.  But some poems -- argh!  I rework them and rewrite them until they turn into other poems and then they turn back to themselves and finally my whole page is a bunch of chicken scratches and nothing seems right.  For poems like this -- the ones that seem to almost work out but not quite -- what do you do with them?  Shelve them?  Finish them as best you can and move on?  Tear them up and start over?

seventeen syllables
hidden within this haiku
a year of words

Julie B. K.
Now that I've started reading more haiku, I've noticed the theme of reflections or perhaps - not sure how to describe this - a mental coiling? comes up often.  I've seen haiku with water reflected on water, clouds reflected in clouds, cats curled around themselves.

Is there a reason behind this?  Is it just that the reflective nature of haiku tends to translate itself into literal reflections in the poetry?

Not a great example, but one inspired by my old dog:

beneath the blanket
beneath my dog

Julie B. K.
New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / haiku and tanka
December 16, 2010, 02:31:26 AM
Now that I've become interested in haiku, I'd like to learn more about tanka.  Do you have any introductory articles or information for beginners that would be helpful?

Thanks in advance.  :)

New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Goal Setting
December 16, 2010, 02:29:03 AM
This year, I set a goal for myself of publishing a set number of poems.  Having achieved that, I'm wondering what an appropriate goal would be for next year.  Should I strive for more prestigious journals?  Put together a chapbook-length piece or a manuscript?  Focus on contests?  Is there a sort of standard progression that most poets follow? 

Thanks in advance for giving me a peek into your poetic journey.

I would appreciate the thoughts of others as to good places to submit haiku for publication.  I regularly peruse Duotrope's Digest, so I'm not lacking for potential markets, but I'm not sure how to rate or compare them.  I realize that some of this boils down to personal preference, but I thought I'd throw the question out there anyway.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.   :)

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