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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.


"New to Ku"

Highly Praised Simple Overview of Haiku:

Shadow Poetry Guide for Beginners

Jane Reichhold's guide to rules that have come and gone:

Jane Reichold taped seminar.  Great for beginners.

Timothy Russell's exercise as a simple way to begin writing haiku:

World Kigo Database - The Basics of Haiku Theory

Jim Kacian article:

Thoughts on 5/7/5 (English) by Michael Dylan Welch

"For the More Advanced Haijin"

Jane Reichold:  a little more advanced.

Tapping the Common Well by Jim Kacian

Michael Dylan Welch's Grace Guts site:

Lee Gurga's Editing Tips

. . . . . World Kigo Database
Alphabetical Index

Seasonal Index

5-7-5 ... go shichi go ... in Japanese

The Japanese Haiku Topical Dictionary
University of Virginia, seasonal index

One line and sentence haiku:

William J. Higginson's article on one-line haiku, From One-line Poems to One-line Haiku:

John's Zip School  

Haiku as Anti-Story by Jim Kacian

Kireji (aka cutting words):

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

Kireji, the japanese view on cutting words...
I write haiku because they're there to be written ...

storm drain
the vertical axis
of winter


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.


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


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

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


Don Baird

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

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

storm drain
the vertical axis
of winter


Thanks so much for posting this great set of links!


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

Don Baird

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

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

storm drain
the vertical axis
of winter


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

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.

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


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