Dear Haiku Maven, Are there any MFA writing programs in the US where haiku is taught respectfully within the broad range of poetics? I would imagine it is offered as part of the curriculum at Naropa Institute where this is also a Buddhist spiritual focus. There seems to be a gap between the extensive community writing group approach offered online in forums and workshops, and the way MFA-trained poets view haiku somewhat disparagingly. Is it that it’s considered a genre? That senryu are too sentimental? That it’s not post-modern? Journals such as RoadRunner come to mind, where what is written comes clearly from writers trained in different background and aesthetics from writers published in traditional journals such as Modern Haiku. There is so little literature, biography or discussions of aesthetics from poets coming to haiku from another direction, it’s hard to know how to study writing in another way, and to develop a critical sense for reading it. Anonymous
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