Per Diem: Daily Haiku for January 2020 features Julie Bloss Kelsey’s collection on the theme of ‘Scifaiku’. This is what Julie has to say by way of an introduction to this theme:
Scifaiku, also known as science fiction haiku, is a crossover genre that explores speculative topics within the framework of haiku. Fantasy, horror, and science fiction haiku have been around for years, but the term “scifaiku” was officially recognized in July 1995, with Tom Brinck’s publication of The SciFaiku Manifesto.
This often under-appreciated poetry form is my personal favorite. I had my first haiku “aha!” moment reading scifaiku, and this experience led to me becoming a haiku poet. In my opinion, some science fiction haiku don’t delve far enough into the speculative realm to make good scifaiku. Similarly, some scifaiku don’t capture the elegance and precision of language to make good haiku. The best scifaiku do both. I am indebted to the poets in this collection for allowing me to explore the scope of scifaiku.
– Julie Bloss Kelsey