a spring napdownstream cherry treesin bud

long hard rainhanging in the willowstender new leaves

The Technique of Humor - This is the dangerous stuff. Because one has no way of judging another person's tolerance for wisecracks, jokes, slurs, bathroom and bedroom references, one should enter the territory of humor as if it is strewn with land-mines. And yet, if one is reading before a live audience nothing draws in the admiration and applause like some humorous haiku. Very often the humor of a haiku comes from the honest reactions of humankind. Choose your terms carefully, add to your situation with appropriate leaps, and may the haiku gods smile on you.

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ancestorsthe wild plumblooms again

One reason for rejoicing in the acceptance of this view, was that itby-passed the old 5-7-5 barrier crisis. This was certainly a plus for the whole70s haiku scene as there seemed a danger of the entire movement bogging down infights, arguments and broken friendships.

The Technique of Contrast - Now the job feels easier. All one has to do is to contrast images.

Oh, the old masters favorite trick with riddles was the one of: is that aflower falling or is it a butterfly? or is that snow on the plum or blossoms andthe all-time favorite – am I a butterfly dreaming I am a man or a man dreamingI am a butterfly. Again, if you wish to experiment (the ku may or may not be akeeper) you can ask yourself the question: if I saw snow on a branch, what elsecould it be? Or seeing a butterfly going by you ask yourself what else besides abutterfly could that be?

moving into the sunthe pony takes with himsome mountain shadow


home-grown lettucethe taste of well-watergreen

The Technique of the Riddle - this is probably one of the very oldest poetical techniques. It has been guessed that early spiritual knowledge was secretly preserved and passed along through riddles. Because poetry, as it is today, is the commercialization of religious prayers, incantations, and knowledge, it is no surprise that riddles still form a serious part of poetry's transmission of ideas.

the whole skyin a wide field of flowersone tulip

When Martha first began teaching American literature, she found so much conflicting information about Edgar Allan Poe that she became confused about what to teach her students.

All these and security were within.

As she began to research the author's life and literature, Martha discovered that a horrible injustice had occurred, and she became determined, like many others, "to set the record straight." "This mission" has lead to ten years of research and the creation of her web site, .

a long journeysome cherry petalsbegin to fall

The Technique of Sense-switching - This is another old-time favorite of the Japanese haiku masters, but one they have used very little and with a great deal of discretion. It is simply to speak of the sensory aspect of a thing and then change to another sensory organ. Usually it involves hearing something one sees or vice versa or to switch between seeing and tasting.

The panes were scarlet--a deep blood color."

Does it help for me to explain how this ku came to be written? I was watchingsome ponies grazing early in the morning on a meadow that was still partiallycovered with the shadow of the mountain. As the grazing pony moved slowly intothe sunshine, I happened to be focused on the shadow and actually saw some ofthe mountain's shadow follow the pony – to break off and become his shadow. Itcan also be thought that the pony eating the grass of the mountain becomes themountain and vice versa. When the boundaries disappear between the things thatseparates them, it is truly a holy moment of insight and it is no wonder thathaiku writers are educated to latch on to these miracles and to preserve them inku.

eveningwaves come into the coveone at a time

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