Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets/NE Fowl | June 19, 2011

Summer haiku

The summer solstice is approaching and we’ve already had a nice taste of summer. So, I’d like to see some summer haiku posted here… about the best (and worst) summer thoughts.  (remember, haiku consists of three lines; the first with 5 syllables, the second with 7 and the third with 5).

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Responses

  1. Just past the full moon
    stars shine, dim, shine– or is it
    fireflies dancing

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for this prompt — as a haiku poet I’m always pleased when I see attention called to haiku in mainstream poetry forums. You might want to be aware, however, that serious English-language haiku poets don’t generally write their poetry in 5-7-5 syllables (or even necessarily in three lines) — the necessity of doing so is a long-perpetuated myth among those with only a casual knowledge of haiku. One excellent source for understanding why, and what the haiku genre is really about rather than counting syllables, is this essay by Michael Dylan Welch, the first vice-president of the Haiku Society of America:

    http://sites.google.com/site/graceguts/essays/becoming-a-haiku-poet

    It’s an entertaining and informative read, well worth the time of anyone who is interested in learning more about haiku as it is understood by most serious practitioners of the genre in contemporary America (and around the world).

    One recent summer haiku of mine, published this month in the online journal Notes from the Gean (http://www.geantree.com/indexcover.html):

    firefly
    a small shadow
    on the star chart

    By the way, as a former Connecticut resident I enjoy keeping up with the poetic activity in my home state; thanks so much for maintaining this very helpful blog.

    Best,
    Melissa

  3. Melissa,
    Thanks for the comment and the information. I guess my view on the structure of haiku comes from old English-language text books.


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