This month’s feature highlights THF resources on monoku as a haiku form. Rob Scott writes in a Per Diem article that “monoku is a one-liner poem in brevity and clarity in expression and its hybridity in origins: a Greek prefix wedded to a Japanese suffix to create a new English term as put forth by Jim Kacian. According to Jim, “Multiple stops yield subtle, rich, often ambiguous texts which generate alternative readings, and subsequent variable meanings. Each poem can be several poems, and the more the different readings cohere and reinforce each other, the larger the field occupied by the poem, the greater its weight in the mind.”
- The Shape of Things to Come: Form Past and Future in Haiku – Monoku have not arisen out of a need simply to be different: they actually offer a range of technical and stylistic opportunities that are not available to the three-line haiku. It offers resources that one just can’t find elsewhere in haiku, and where there is new territory, poets will colonize.
- Hands Up Who Likes One Liners – In this essay Janice Bostok considers the case for encouraging more one-line haiku in English.
- re:Virals 16 – Marion Clarke tackles one of Bob Boldman’s signature monoku.
- Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, Monoku – Submissions for the monoku theme hosted by guest editor Craig Kittner.
- 12th Sailing: One-Line Haiku – Sails is devoted to presenting questions for discussion and debate on the nature and possibilities of haiku.
THF Digital Library
- Balcony – One-line haiku by Dimitar Anakiev
- Bird Day Afternoon – The book by R. C. Matsuo-Allard which first introduced his experiments with monoku.
- The Crow: A Book of Haiku by Chris Gordon – The Crow contains thought provoking monoku about the mysterious crow.
- Dengonban Messages – A book of one-line haiku and senryu about train station messages in Japan, by James Kirkup, with an informative introductory article about monostich by the author.
- Forbidden Syllables (monoku) – A book of haiku by Alan Summers
- Glint (visible and para-monoku) – A collection of haiku by Alan Summers.
- The Magic Writing Pad – One line haiku by Jack Galmitz
- One-line Twos – A book of one line haiku in alternating pairs by Kala Ramesh and Marlene Mountain
- A Steady Beam of Light – A book of monoku by Jacob Salzer
- Wild Rhubarb – A collection of monoku by English poet Stuart Quine.