Haiku really isn't an ancient form that's barely moved from its time aeons ago. That's as daft as saying I'm going to use the ancient form of music, done millennia ago, on my iPod and thinking that's retro.
Haiku moves on rapidly, goes through experiments that work or don't work. Japan does this far more than we do. I remember the 1990s of haiku as if it's a century ago. <grin>
There are many classic non-Japanese haiku from the 20th century, but it's the same for any medium including music. Beethoven and Mozart might not date, but pop music from even the late 1990s would be very old-fashioned and out of kilter with today's new generation of music lovers.
The haiku we are writing, or attempting to write today, however successfully published, will mostly be outdated except for perhaps five per cent that'll be anthologised, and still appreciated and recognised as haiku.
Everything is ephermeral, otherwise MacDonalds wouldn't need to constantly day in day out advertise on Television and other media.
The Haiku Anthology changed so much for those who came across it, followed by the Haiku Handbook. The advent of the internet, and eventually proper quality online references and sources, partly down to Bill Higginson, and later to others, really moved things on.
I was involved with one innovative online magazine that dealt with humor in haiku:http://www.haijinx.org
It changed things too, and when we went away for a few years more quality online magazines started appearing, and we also came back too. Now we are offline except for archival material, but will be back late in 2012.
Things change and move on in every aspect of life, and haiku reflects this.
I did an impossible task and did a potted history of haiku right up to 2000 when things really started to change: http://www.withwords.org.uk/history.html
It gives a sense of how fast moving haiku is in fact. The last 10-12 years have been incredible, and I'm grateful I was involved in a lot of innovative and long-lasting projects, both online, and in physical events and projects.
Now we have Facebook which has an incredible amount of good haiku writers, and then Twitter has a few fine writers of haiku and tanka, and is beginning to produce its own fine work.
Here's a twitter based anthology now available on iPad etc...http://www.upperrubberboot.com/tag/alan-summers/
So much is happening at a fast rate, hold on to that safety belt as you enter warp factor twelve. :-)
Thanks, Alan, that answers a question of mine. I recently picked up The Haiku Anthology (1986) at the library, and, while it's been an interesting read, I don't relate to most of the poems in the same way that I do to haiku published today. It's almost like they aren't haiku, or more accurately, they aren't what I currently think of as haiku. Is that the difference between modern and contemporary? Did something happen in the 90's to shake everything up in the haiku community or was it a gradual evolution?