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Learning About Haiku - Helpful Links

Started by Don Baird, February 03, 2011, 10:04:48 PM

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Don Baird

Welcome to The Haiku Foundation and the world of writing haiku.  The links below are ones that should be very helpful to nearly everyone who wants to learn and/or improve their haiku writing skill.  For the beginner, they offer a few insights on how to begin.   For the advanced, they will work as reminders of techniques and ideas to continue writing well.  

This is a basic, initial list to begin our project of collecting links to helpful articles.  It is an organic, every changing list;   so come back from time to time to check out new links as we include them.  

Please let us know if you are aware of a helpful article to be considered for inclusion here.  Please post links that you think will be helpful too.  This thread can be a nice collection/library of links for us all.

Thanks.


 
"New to Ku"
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Highly Praised Simple Overview of Haiku:
http://www.withwords.org.uk/what.html

Shadow Poetry Guide for Beginners
http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/haiku/haiku.html

Jane Reichhold's guide to rules that have come and gone:
http://www.ahapoetry.com/haiku.htm#comego

Jane Reichold taped seminar.  Great for beginners.
http://mendocinoaccess.org/jwplayer/index.html

Timothy Russell's exercise as a simple way to begin writing haiku:
http://shachihoko.homestead.com/1exercise.html

World Kigo Database - The Basics of Haiku Theory
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2000_07_01_happyhaiku_archive.html

Jim Kacian article:
http://www.gendaihaiku.com/kacian/beyondkigo.html

Thoughts on 5/7/5 (English) by Michael Dylan Welch
http://sites.google.com/site/nahaiwrimo/home/why-no-5-7-5

"For the More Advanced Haijin"
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Jane Reichold:  a little more advanced.
http://www.ahapoetry.com/h_t_techniques.html

Tapping the Common Well by Jim Kacian
http://www.iyume.com/kacian/knots.html

Michael Dylan Welch's Grace Guts site:
http://sites.google.com/site/graceguts/essays

Lee Gurga's Editing Tips
http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/May2006/haikuarticle/leegurga


. . . . . World Kigo Database
Alphabetical Index
http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/

Seasonal Index
http://wkdkigodatabase03.blogspot.com/2010/03/saijiki-list.html

5-7-5 ... go shichi go ... in Japanese
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2000/07/theory-5-7-5.html

The Japanese Haiku Topical Dictionary
University of Virginia, seasonal index
http://etext.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/brief.html

One line and sentence haiku:
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2000/07/one-sentence-haiku.html

William J. Higginson's article on one-line haiku, From One-line Poems to One-line Haiku: http://simplyhaiku.com/SHv2n5/haikuclinic/haikuclinic.html

John's Zip School
http://www.renkureckoner.co.uk/zipschool/  

Haiku as Anti-Story by Jim Kacian
http://www.gendaihaiku.com/kacian/anti-story.html

Kireji (aka cutting words):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kireji

Modified by Alan Summers to include: Wikipedia link about kireji: Haiku as Anti-Story by Jim Kacian

Kireji, the japanese view on cutting words...
http://gendaihaiku.com/hasegawa/index.html
I write haiku because they're there to be written ...

storm drain
the vertical axis
of winter

AlanSummers

Dear Gabi,

I've altered the link to what you want.  We're just trying to include a collection of weblinks that are useful, and not confusing, to people very new to haiku but can also prove useful to people more seasoned to haiku.

Alan

Gael Bage

Don and Alan, thank you for this, having mislaid where I saw previous links this will be invaluable, I was actually going to suggest this might be helpful - now who is psychic  :)
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance
- Carl Sandburg

sandra

May I suggest that you post this link in your list:

http://mendocinoaccess.org/jwplayer/index.html

An online workshop with Jane Reichhold, aimed at beginners. The film is almost 1 hour long.

sandra


Don Baird

Thank you Sandra.  Looks like a couple of great links.  :)

Don
I write haiku because they're there to be written ...

storm drain
the vertical axis
of winter

moonrise

Thanks so much for posting this great set of links!
Dawn

hairy

Here's one that I found helpful starting out. It broke me of my bad 5 7 5 haiku habit early on.


http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/haiku/haiku.html

Don Baird

Great!  Thanks!!!  I post it with the rest!

Don
I write haiku because they're there to be written ...

storm drain
the vertical axis
of winter

AlanSummers


Useful essay on using repetition in haiku:

Repetition - For Meaning and Melody
by Florence Vilen (Sweden)

First Publication in the WHCessay mailing-list of the World Haiku Club
http://www.tempslibres.org/tl/en/textes/essai05.html

John McManus

If anyone is interested in a bit of a history lesson on the persecution of the gendai poets here is a good article.

http://haikureality.webs.com/esejeng48.htm

There are plenty of other decent essays and articles on there too. Well worth checking them out!

warmest,
John

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