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Other Haiku News / Backing up your Work
« on: September 19, 2011, 11:30:50 AM »
(a second post to be sure it is seen by all members)

Hello and a continued welcome to the THF!

We are, as all forums, slammed with spam memberships and are now actively trying to do something about it.  There is no easy single answer even with the finest spam software available.  It is possible that a membership could get caught in the crossfire of an IP that produces spam members.  It is therefore also possible that when we delete that IP a member could get caught up in that and disappear with the IP.  That is the worst case scenario but it happens.  We are doing everything we can to prevent that.

There are also other factors that can cause loss of membership and/or loss of information and posts.  Computers and the information they contain ... and the way they work is tricky on the very best day. 

So, please, do not use the forum as a "primary" source or storage.  Always back up your work, your comments (if needed) to your personal computer or external hard drives etc.  This will help prevent a major situation for you in case something goes awry here.  It would also be the prudent approach to any and all forums that you belong to. 

If there is a problem that arises, please email us immediately so that we can help you fix it.

Don

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How to Use This Forum / Backing up your Work
« on: September 19, 2011, 11:29:31 AM »
Hello and a continued welcome to the THF!

We are, as all forums, slammed with spam memberships and are now actively trying to do something about it.  There is no easy single answer even with the finest spam software available.  It is possible that a membership could get caught in the crossfire of an IP that produces spam members.  It is therefore also possible that when we delete that IP a member could get caught up in that and disappear with the IP.  That is the worst case scenario but it happens.  We are doing everything we can to prevent that.

There are also other factors that can cause loss of membership and/or loss of information and posts.  Computers and the information they contain ... and the way they work is tricky on the very best day. 

So, please, do not use the forum as a "primary" source or storage.  Always back up your work, your comments (if needed) to your personal computer or external hard drives etc.  This will help prevent a major situation for you in case something goes awry here.  It would also be the prudent approach to any and all forums that you belong to. 

If there is a problem that arises, please email us immediately so that we can help you fix it.

Don




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Journal Announcements / Simply Haiku
« on: August 10, 2011, 01:37:49 AM »
Hey Folks,

Just a quick heads up.  Please do not send me haiga for the coming issues of Simply Haiku.  I have resigned the position.  Robert, sasa and I are in excellent graces so please, no worries there. 

all the best,

Don

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Other Haiku News / "Haiku Wisdom" Published
« on: June 26, 2011, 03:20:21 AM »
Just a quick heads up if you haven't heard yet.  My latest book Haiku Wisdom, published by Denis Garrison METPress is published and available. Please feel free to contact me or Denis for a copy if you like. This has been a very exciting and enjoyable process.  Denis is a wonderful publisher that made each and every step absolutely easy for me.  A fine publisher and, frankly, a solid book because of it.

For a preview of the cover click here:  http://burbankmartialarts.net/

Thanks,

Don

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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Is the Clock Ticking on Haiku?
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:40:54 PM »
The death of haiku:  is it imminent due to lack of kigo and new words?  

“The end is near.  There are almost no new variations left to write haiku.  Of three lines, one is given to the kigo and only two lines are left to bring about added interest to the image and seal the deal.  1/3 of the haiku is a given … words the traditionalists look up in the saijiki and use again and again.”  (a paraphrase of what I’ve heard recently)

the moon
etc.
etc.

How many haiku have we seen with the moon (the famous autumn kigo).  Thousands of poems world wide have used the same first (or last) line in their haiku.  With only two lines to go, how many different ways can we finish this haiku?  We must stay within the boundaries of 5/7/5 (thinking in Japanese) (or S/L/S in English) which gives us just 12 “on” left to write the haiku.  Are there enough words  left in any language to finish this poem in a brand new way … that would fit in the space left in the haiku?  

The theory is (not mine, but as I’ve heard it) that when clinging to a set such as kigo, even though the list grows, it is always and forever growing as a result of new word use by the poets.  What I’m saying is the kigo comes first and then its inclusion in the saijiki comes next.  Therefore, there never is anything new for Japanese haijin to use from the saijiki up front.  By the time anyone sees it in the saijiki, it has already been used and everyone else that uses it, is doing so after the fact.

Next, in this "moon haiku" we can throw in some wind, a frog, a howling, a reflection, a few clouds, the smell of a fireplace and so forth.  However, there are three clubs in Japan with over 10,000 members each and they are dedicated to writing haiku everyday.  Well, today’s the day.  It starts out “the moon”, an autumn kigo.  Out of 30,000 poems, how many do you think will match exactly?  How few variations of words do we really have to finish our poems?  And, how long will it be before every variation has already been written and “game is over”?  If we begin right here and now, how long will it be before some of the 30,000 poets will not be able to finish the poem because all of the options have been taken?

Is there an end in sight as a result of this?  Do we need more than kigo such as keywords, season reference and more to keep haiku alive and well for future generations?  Do we need to open the door to creative thought to let haiku grow and change as an art form?  Or do we let it run its natural course which will conclude with its own demise by not having the word power to sustain it (without some serious incidental plagerism).

How many of you have already written a haiku that matches one that already exists or close to it? (that you’ve found out about later on through someone etc).  It’s happened to me several times.  I hear of it happening on a frequent basis.  “This ones too close to that one” and so forth.  Are we already facing a problem and, if so, is it going to get worse?  

What is the answer?

This is me “just thinking out loud”.  What are your thoughts?

all my best,

Don
ps.  Don’t take me wrongly.  I love including kigo, season words and references to nature … I also like using keywords and writing urban haiku and haiku of street grit that use the same, identical principles as haiku but without the kigo reference.  Shiki wrote several hundred without kigo reference.  So have other Japanese masters throughout the ages. Are we running out of words to create new and interesting haiku?  



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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Learning About Haiku - Helpful Links
« on: February 03, 2011, 04:04:48 PM »
Welcome to The Haiku Foundation and the world of writing haiku.  The links below are ones that should be very helpful to nearly everyone who wants to learn and/or improve their haiku writing skill.  For the beginner, they offer a few insights on how to begin.   For the advanced, they will work as reminders of techniques and ideas to continue writing well.  

This is a basic, initial list to begin our project of collecting links to helpful articles.  It is an organic, every changing list;   so come back from time to time to check out new links as we include them.  

Please let us know if you are aware of a helpful article to be considered for inclusion here.  Please post links that you think will be helpful too.  This thread can be a nice collection/library of links for us all.

Thanks.


  
"New to Ku"
****************************************

Highly Praised Simple Overview of Haiku:
http://www.withwords.org.uk/what.html

Shadow Poetry Guide for Beginners
http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/haiku/haiku.html

Jane Reichhold's guide to rules that have come and gone:
http://www.ahapoetry.com/haiku.htm#comego

Jane Reichold taped seminar.  Great for beginners.
http://mendocinoaccess.org/jwplayer/index.html

Timothy Russell's exercise as a simple way to begin writing haiku:
http://shachihoko.homestead.com/1exercise.html

World Kigo Database - The Basics of Haiku Theory
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2000_07_01_happyhaiku_archive.html

Jim Kacian article:
http://www.gendaihaiku.com/kacian/beyondkigo.html

Thoughts on 5/7/5 (English) by Michael Dylan Welch
http://sites.google.com/site/nahaiwrimo/home/why-no-5-7-5

"For the More Advanced Haijin"
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Jane Reichold:  a little more advanced.
http://www.ahapoetry.com/h_t_techniques.html

Tapping the Common Well by Jim Kacian
http://www.iyume.com/kacian/knots.html

Michael Dylan Welch's Grace Guts site:
http://sites.google.com/site/graceguts/essays

Lee Gurga's Editing Tips
http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/May2006/haikuarticle/leegurga


. . . . . World Kigo Database
Alphabetical Index
http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/

Seasonal Index
http://wkdkigodatabase03.blogspot.com/2010/03/saijiki-list.html

5-7-5 ... go shichi go ... in Japanese
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2000/07/theory-5-7-5.html

The Japanese Haiku Topical Dictionary
University of Virginia, seasonal index
http://etext.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/brief.html

One line and sentence haiku:
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2000/07/one-sentence-haiku.html

William J. Higginson's article on one-line haiku, From One-line Poems to One-line Haiku: http://simplyhaiku.com/SHv2n5/haikuclinic/haikuclinic.html

John's Zip School
http://www.renkureckoner.co.uk/zipschool/  

Haiku as Anti-Story by Jim Kacian
http://www.gendaihaiku.com/kacian/anti-story.html

Kireji (aka cutting words):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kireji

Modified by Alan Summers to include: Wikipedia link about kireji: Haiku as Anti-Story by Jim Kacian

Kireji, the japanese view on cutting words...
http://gendaihaiku.com/hasegawa/index.html

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Journal Announcements / Simply Haiku - Call for Submissions
« on: January 28, 2011, 12:00:53 AM »
Simply Haiku
Call for Submissions:

Submissions for the Spring issue accepted from January 15 through March 15, 2011.

Accepting Quality Traditional English Language Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Haiga, Renga, Book reviews, Interviews and Feature articles.

Please read carefully the Submission Guidelines before submitting.

http://simplyhaiku.webs.com/submissionguidelines.htm

 
Robert D. Wilson & Sasa Vazic
Co-Owners, Co-Publishers, Co-Editors in Chief

SIMPLY HAIKU
http://simplyhaiku.webs.com
http:lousymirror.blogspot.com

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To what extent do you literally change, manipulate the haiku?  Do you add things that aren't there:  do you delete things that are?  How true to the scene/image do you write?  And, how much will you change the haiku to get it published?

I'm interested in your thoughts about haiku today and whether you see it is an art of fantasy, of truth, or of both.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

Don

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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Kigo
« on: December 22, 2010, 02:04:18 PM »
Recently Dr. Gabi Greve finished the World Kigo Data Base.  It is an amazing accomplishment and one that I, in particular, appreciate greatly.  I love the use of kigo.  I believe it adds so much to the essence of the haiku - to the feeling, mood and resonance.  Most of my haiku contain kigo for those reasons.

Take a look at this work:  (it's stunning body of time and effort)

http://wkdkigodatabase03.blogspot.com/2010/03/saijiki-list.html

What are your thoughts on Kigo?  Do you use them?  Do you think they are important?  Or, do you think they are not needed in ELH?

New Year's eve' ...
sounds of the world celebrating
kigo

Don

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