I am a member of Haiku Canada. I find the numerous haiku web-sites overwhelming and
rarely submit to them or enter competitions. I know when my haiku hits and when
it is indifferent. I aim, like Basho, to make every haiku my death haiku, but fall
short almost every time.
Seeing life in 3-line images of stills seems in some strange way close to how things
really are. It ties in with au courant discussions of time and space and is such an
economical form of expression. Recently much of the anti-war poetry on the web seemed
to weep and wail to little purpose, however, the odd haiku hit the mark in less that
17 syllables. Intensity, such as a good haiku presents, is rare and the gasp, or Zen-like
laughter that greets it, illustrates the importance of being a good haiku reader as well
as a good haijin.
My haiku have appeared in numerous magazines and web-sites. Two of my books on haiku are available:
Haiku Bag, an introduction to haiku
that I wrote on Gabriola Island can be ordered by
Haiku - one breath poetry,
Out of Print
a Canadian Children's Book Centre
Choice, had the honor of being one of only 22 titles chosen by librarians and students across
the US for the American Library Association list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
The Way of Haiku, an introduction to the history and writing of haiku.