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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Any book recommendations?
« Last post by AlanSummers on Today at 05:59:26 AM »
Dear Justin,

If you are interested in the basic building blocks of haiku, then my wife Karen Hoy has created a startling fresh, innovative, successful introducing haiku course that sets people off really quickly. Some participants have even gone straight into our intermediate haiku courses!


Introducing... Haiku
https://www.callofthepage.org/learning/haiku-courses/introducing-haiku/


It's a bit tight, but you could join.

If not, we have one-to-ones by email or Skype or both, to cover your questions about concrete imaging:
https://www.callofthepage.org/learning/

In the meantime enjoy your journey through the digital library of The Haiku Foundation!

warm regards,
Alan
Call of the Page
President, United Haiku and Tanka Society

Thanks for the reply!
 It was a typo I meant to write preferably (my apologize).
 I started looking through the the haiku foundations library, thanks for the lead.
 As for David G. Lanoue I've read some of his work, The way he phrases his thoughts on the pieces make for an easy and pleasurable read!

Thanks for the help
 - Justin
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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Any book recommendations?
« Last post by Jorlando on July 19, 2019, 01:09:46 PM »
Thanks for the reply!
 It was a typo I meant to write preferably (my apologize).
 I started looking through the the haiku foundations library, thanks for the lead.
 As for David G. Lanoue I've read some of his work, The way he phrases his thoughts on the pieces make for an easy and pleasurable read!

Thanks for the help
 - Justin 
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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: one line haiku
« Last post by AlanSummers on July 18, 2019, 10:10:33 AM »

The layering of meaning beyond the immediate: The "now" in monoku
https://area17.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-layering-of-meaning-beyond.html

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Contests and Awards / Close of contest deadline notice
« Last post by AlanSummers on July 18, 2019, 10:08:28 AM »
Dear all,

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL UHTS "Fleeting Words” TANKA CONTEST CLOSES on 15th August 2019.

Please do not submit after the deadline to avoid confusion and disappointment.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email and the winning poems will be published with the Judges' commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP".

Marianna Monaco
UHTS CONTEST COORDINATOR
email: marianna.monaco@gmail.com


The “Fleeting Words” Tanka Competition

Fleeting Words is our newest UHTS Contest, and we hope that it will encourage others to learn to write the classic form of tanka. Any subject is acceptable and syllable count is not an issue, however a tanka rhythm of short, long, short, long, long that distinguishes it from a short poem, is important. Please consider sending multiple tanka so we have plenty to choose from.

You are encouraged to submit in your native language in addition to your English submission.

Please see the General Submission Guidelines for further information.

Submission Period and Deadline: May 1-August 15 of each year.
http://unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/contest-submission-guidelines
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When I started writing haiku, I referred to the list of kigo for inspiration. Then the Red Moon Press anthology Echoes inspired most of my haiku. Also I read online journals like The Heron's Nest. A practice I follow when I am feeling uninspired to write a haiku is to write the haiku from various platforms whether books, PDFs or online journals for which I feel most strongly in a diary. It ensures the required pause before getting ready to write while at the same time we don't feel unproductive for not being able to write something new. Also, I feel Russian poetry and short stories (especially Chekhov, Gogol and Turganev) have beautiful imagery to inspire a haiku.
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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Any book recommendations?
« Last post by AlanSummers on July 17, 2019, 03:44:42 AM »
Hi Justin,

Any recommendations for haiku collections or other poetry or fiction books with a more concrete image styling.
Preferable from the modern era post ww2 - present

Do you mean pre-1930s and yet still 'concrete'? That might be tricky, as the new genre of haiku only gets a hold with the New Rising Haiku movement.

Did you mean other than modern era as in 'preferable from..."
or is it a typo and you meant to say 'preferably from..."

For pdf books look no further than The Haiku Foundation's Digital Library for work ranging mid-20th onwards, as well as work that touches on pre-haiku days: https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/

I have copy of narrow road to the interior and spring of my life (issa), and I've read a decent bit on the form itself, just need to absorb more material.

Both Basho and Issa are pre-haiku era, and you are right, it's a 'form' (renga, renku, hokku etc...) as opposed to the haiku genre.

To get a grasp on Matsuo Basho it's best to get a whole range of books, as no one book, however good, can catch all his angles.

Regarding Issa, then David Lanoue is the go-to guy, and he's even met living relatives of Issa not so long ago!

Books about Issa and write like Issa etc...
http://haikuguy.com


If  you want a true and real Japanese haiku poet (not hokku or haikai) there is the book, in English and Japanese, of Kaneko Tohta (1921 – 2018):
https://www.redmoonpress.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=308&osCsid=4c3fa4d2bf2878f7eec0f09c5a351521

That will rock your world but in a good way!

warm regards,
Alan Summers
Call of the Page

ORIGINAL POST:
Any recommendations for haiku collections or other poetry or fiction books with a more concrete image styling.
Preferable from the modern era post ww2 - present

I have copy of narrow road to the interior and spring of my life (issa), and I've read a decent bit on the form itself, just need to absorb more material.
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In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Any book recommendations?
« Last post by Jorlando on July 16, 2019, 09:44:45 PM »
Any recommendations for haiku collections or other poetry or fiction books with a more concrete image styling.
Preferable from the modern era post ww2 - present

I have copy of narrow road to the interior and spring of my life (issa), and I've read a decent bit on the form itself, just need to absorb more material.


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Howdy;

Whenever I start preparing to write haiku I tend to read essays on the form; Grace cuts is a good site for this (http://www.graceguts.com/haiku-and-senryu)

Also try reading some stuff surrounding the mindset that helped arrive at haiku, such as books on zen or Japanese aesthetics and history.

Article on Japanese aesthetics:
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/japanese-aesthetics/

A interesting short read is in praise of shadows, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Praise_of_Shadows)
I have a copy of the ebook if you'd like me to send it to you

This book is also interesting its an intro to zen Buddhism
(https://antilogicalism.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/introduction-to-zen.pdf)

Alternatively engage in activities that get the creative juices flowing in a haiku like direction:
meditating, driving about in silence, walks, etc...

Some western poets you might want to check out are Frank O'Hara and William Carlos Williams both of these writers pen many good pieces from a more object orientated stand point.

Thanks for your time!
- Justin

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Hi Rich

When I'm looking for inspiration, apart from haiku books and the related forms, I tend to head for books of nature writing, some delightful descriptions of the natural world, also about artists, one of my favourite reads, the correspondence between Vincent van Gogh and his brother, Theo.
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