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I have been catching up with my self imposed task of retrieving the lost issues of the World Haiku Review and I just uploaded a few more posts today.
Looking over the over 120 posts already uploaded I realized it has one of the very best collection of lessons to learn haiku. So I am listing them here – everything you wanted to learn (and still more to come in the future.) If you are interested in learning haiku or improving your skills you could not do better than read these pages.
Most of these lessons are from the Hibiscus School, the World Haiku Club’s teaching center, with Instructor Ferris Gilli.
“Lack of focus is a frequent problem for beginning haiku writers, and it’s only natural that it would be. It is very frustrating trying to pack all the wonderful parts of a haiku moment into a tiny, three-line poem……”
An important lesson on what goes into a haiku and what you need to leave out.
“Traditionally, a haiku is in two parts (components), combining two or more different topics, and most often presenting a pair of images that contrast or that are apparently unrelated. Working together, the two parts evoke mood and emotion. Ideally, there should be a caesura between them—a clear pause that is dictated by the sense of natural speech and sometimes indicated with punctuation. It is the juxtaposition between these two parts or components that creates an effect beyond the initial impact…….”
The three short lines of haiku are divided in two parts, and its only by working with these two parts that you can create a good haiku.
Guest Speaker Mark Brooks, discusses the reasons for the use of allusion and other cultural references, with plenty of examples.
Susumu Takiguchi, head of the WHC, explains the guidelines and rules of haiku composition.
Guest speaker, Peggy Willis Lyles, invites students of the Hibiscus Petals school to comment on a haiku by Ferris Gilli.
Haiku Instructor Ferris Gilli gives a delightful nature exercise to create haiku.
This is the first step –
“Go out and sit on a log, stump, bench, swing, old tire, tree limb, big rock, or on the ground — whatever feels right to you. Then, doodle in a notebook what you experience. Use all your senses, if you can. Be quiet and alert. See. Hear. Feel. Smell. Taste. Touch…..”
“One thing that helps us in our efforts to write simple, focused, uncluttered haiku is trust in our readers’ intelligence and their accumulated knowledge. We can expect them to know that a body of water on a bright day reflects sunlight, drifting clouds, and other things; that lemons are normally yellow, healthy lawns are green, winter wind is cold, that even winter sunlight can sometimes be warm, dogs bark, cats purr, and so on….”
“The form is good, and the concrete imagery is excellent; but the haiku is not quite there yet. The thing that keeps it from resonating is an intangible element related to juxtaposition that is hard to describe and sometimes harder to employ in a haiku. Sometimes a haiku just hovers — it is either perfectly fine, or it’s on the cusp between great and just a bit off. I’ll try to explain. I hope you’ll bear with me while I repeat things you already know — I will eventually tie my comments together and get to the point….”
An important lesson, not about what you put in, but about what you leave out.
David G. Lanoue explains what we can learn from his “virtual guest lecturer “ Issa, Illustrating the techniques of haiku using his poems.
Writing is one of those professions where everything takes much longer. The writing, the publishing, just everything.
Those who are setting out to write their first book usually expect it to be done within a few months or a year at the most. After all how hard can it be? They start airily, telling all their friends, promising copies by the new year.
Five years later they have either given up and the book has receded into prehistory, or they are still struggling and moving forward inch by inch. I am, of course talking of fiction, where the learning curve is very steep, very long and sometimes desperate.
To learn to write fiction well, like any other craft, takes ten years or more. Mastery of any kind takes ten years or more. And no, there are no short cuts.
Beginning writers won’t want to hear that. But I have read so many books, what else do I need? How hard can it get? Hard does not even begin to describe it.
In nonfiction, its comparatively simple work. Research. Write. You can tell more or less how long it will take and make promises to agents and publishers. Fiction has its own seasons and can stump you completely. Some days it flows like honey. Other days you think you are moving rocks.
After you have written a bit of fiction you will have some idea of how long it will take. Then the delay comes from elsewhere. You have some control over the writing deadlines, but, unless you are self-publishing, you have no control over the publishing schedules at all.
Everything takes a very long time, finding an agent, finding a publisher, submitting work and waiting for that momentous acceptance or rejection. Even when you find a publisher it will take at least a year, if you are lucky, before you hold the book in your hands.
Everything takes far longer than you expect – and that is the fact.
Long – yes, tough – yes, but, in the end extremely satisfying. Why else would we still be writing when all the odds are stacked in Himalayan peaks against us?
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