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Sails, a Discussion Led by Peter Yovu

We’re happy to announce that Sails, which began as a regular series on our blog, will continue as a discussion in our forum. Peter Yovu will continue to lead the discussion.

Sails is an ongoing exploration into the nature and possibilities of haiku. Each installment, or Sailing, will begin with a provocation—literally, a calling forth of your voice—usually by way of a question. Sometimes these explorations will test limits, assumptions, and fixed positions. They may require the use of instruments we are not yet familiar with, and they may, at times, take us to places where we are unsure of our bearings. If this appeals to you, I hope you will heed the call to set sail, even if sometimes it requires you to lash yourself to the mast.

To access this new board, click the Forum tab in the main menu, scroll down to the In Depth Discussion section, then click the link for the Sails discussion board.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Welcome Donald Bronson! ;-)

    Haiku still do usually have a seasonal reference, although not all seasonal references have to be of nature observances directly.

    As haiku came from Japan and that country has several language systems, none of which contain syllables or alphabets, it’s long been considered a bit of a red herring to replicate 575 ‘on’ (mora) into English.

    You’ll certainly enjoy a wide of haiku styles and topics throughout the forum, and look forward to seeing you there sometime. ;-)

    all my very best,


  2. I was surprised to find that Haiku had so many possible variations. I always thought that it was 5-7-5 and should include a seasonal reference. I am glad that the form has evolved into such a free form. Look forward to working in this fascinating and unstructured form. Glad to have found this site.

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