A celebration of
from around the world
The haiku that you find on the following pages are by haiku
poets from around the world. Most of it is what I choose to refer
to as "contemporary haiku"; some, rarely, will be in the classic
style. The famous Japanese haiku poet,Shiki, said of haiku that
"essence is more important than form". Maintaining the classic
form in English can be very restrictive and difficult and doesn't
lend itself to the "impressionist" quality that I find in the works
of early haiku masters such as Issa, Basho and Buson. Purists may
not like some of the haiku because it doesn't have a kigo
(season) word or because it doesn't have to do with nature. It
seems to me the early haijin were more concerned with the seasons
and nature because when they were writing, Japan was a largely
rural society, as was most of the world at that time. Artists paint,
and poets write about, what they see and experience around them,
so early haiku would have been more nature oriented.
As the world evolves and changes, so must all the arts, including
haiku. The intent of this page, however, is not to debate the
merits of any style or point of view. It is my wish, that through
the poems on these pages, you may find some of the works as
enjoyable as I found my first book of haiku and, perhaps, even
try your hand at the art of haiku.
Each of the poems here captures a moment with the deft strokes
of the artists words. The poets represented here have kindly
consented to allow me to showcase their works on these pages.
They retain all rights, copy and otherwise, to these works. I
have attempted to include their e-mail address with each one, so
if you have questions, comments, or wish to use or display their
works in any other venue, please contact them individually.
*This haiku, by Soseki, is from the Peter Pauper Press
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