Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday Haiku @ Issa's Untidy Hut

Photo by KENPEI

You know, Wednesdays around here tend to be a bit quiet.  Can't have that now, can we?  So, I thought I'd cook something up.  Let's call it:

Wednesday Haiku @ Issa's Untidy Hut

Here's the deal - every Wednesday, I will publish one (update: two) original haiku (or senryu) on the blog.  Electronic submissions only, with the following caveat:

Send one (one only) original haiku (or senryu)

That's one original poem per poet.  I will reply in a timely manner, with simply a yeah or nay. Poets whose poems are accepted will receive the 2 current issues of Lillie, 2 back issues if they already have the current issues, or a 2 issue extension of their current subscription if s/he already subscribes. Send your original haiku to:

wednesdayhaiku AT gmail DOT com 
(spelled out, with at for @ & dot for ., to avoid pesky bots)

Once the haiku is accepted or rejected, you may send another.  Otherwise, only one submission of one haiku per poet at a time.  I believe I said one, is that right?

Start date - as soon as I have 4 haiku, I'll begin the Wednesday feature.

I will not be supplying a definition of what a haiku is.  You are all big girls and boys.  I will simply say it is not what passes for haiku in the popular media; this site's occasional patron and consummate poet/artist /curmudgeon, Ed Baker, likes to call them shorties, and I defer to that, since he doesn't know so much more than I don't know or am likely to ever not know.

If you'd like a feel for what type of poems I'm looking for, take a gander at the Lilliput Review back issue archive or at many recent blog posts here at the Hut.

Good luck!

I wipe horse dung off my hand
with a chrysanthemum
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Anonymous said...

send another poem to "you"
or put it here... in this comment box
full moon cherry blossom wild orchid

I just don't know


Charles Gramlich said...

That Issa haiku is amazing. What a view on the world he had.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Charles, amazing, he is - glad you liked it.


Anonymous said...

Wednesday Haiku @ Issa's Untidy Hut

I want to shout this from the tiniest grasses & the smallest roof, Don. And, like the haiku, this is easy to remember, to count on the fingers. How exciting. I'll be here every Wednesday for sure.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Donna, do shout away and thanks! Looks like the project is off to a hearty start. It will begin next Wednesday .. Don

Greg said...

i'm a little behind the times, but this is a great idea! and that's a great Issa haiku.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, Greg ... as of today, up to 28 weeks and counting ...


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, Greg ... as of today, up to 28 weeks and counting ...


Anonymous said...

Charles, et al (the 'et als' are important:
do track down ISSA's 'Chichi no Shuen Nikki'
(apologies for no "-" over the "u")
done up by Robert N. Huey

I found it via J-STOR which got it as it was published in Monumentat Nipponica, vol 39, No. 1, (Spring, 1984), pp. 25-54

in English it is called: Journal of my Father's Last Days

what 'strikes' me ? that so many unique "voices" DO
(like cream in a bottle of SHOLE milk can/do/&/did
"rise to the top" un-homoginized, pasteurized,evaporated or,


Rachael Stanley said...

Thanks for today's haiku. Something quite sad about Michael O'Brien's one. I felt sorry for the poor mackerel. Rachael Stanley

indiwriter said...

Enjoyed the haikus.. esp the 'horse dung' by Issa.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Just so, indiwriter ... Don

Chèvrefeuille said...


I love to share a haiku with you. I will post it here in the comment form. First I have to say English isn't my mother tongue.

Here is my haiku:

Leaning on the gate
Looking over the fields of the mansion -
A Nightingale's song

Honeysuckle (pseudonym of Kristjaan Panneman)

Unknown said...

How wonderful! Would love to share my haiku with you and other readers too.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, Kristjaan.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Charishma, instructions for sharing are in the post. Cheers, Don

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