Per Diem: Daily Haiku for July 2021 features Christopher Patchel’s collection on the theme of ‘Micro Haiku’. This is what Christopher has to say by way of an introduction to this theme:
Whenever I give haiku readings, it is often the briefest poems—what I call micro-ku—that get the biggest rise. For while haiku is already renowned for its brevity, micro-ku push more-with-less brevity to its ultimate limits. And they do so with no loss of potency or range compared to that of the best normative haiku and senryu in English.
I’ll just note that I have limited my selections to poems with 3 beats (primary accents) or fewer, and which are also 8 syllables or fewer. And I sought to include a wide array of poets, approaches, aesthetics, and subject matter within those limits.
– Christopher Patchel