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haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering! ONE-LINE haiku

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

haikaiTALKS: ONE-LINE HAIKU - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree

host: Richa Sharma

25th March 2023

First Line

In the first post, Alan Summers mentioned: “Whether we write 3-line or 1-line haiku or even haibun etc..., the written line is such an important part of a writer's armoury.”

So true!

A single line is the basic unit of all forms. The line is the very instrument through which the thought is expressed, giving us a self. The very self that separates us from others. Did you ever feel the “tension” in reading a line? A line is where perception happens. There is not just movement, but also stillness. ¹

Robert Lowell said, “It's much easier to write a good poem than a good line.”

What makes you pen the first line?

The following article by Alan Summers was published in December 2016.

Travelling the single line of haiku - one line haiku / monoku / monostich

You can also view and listen to Alan explaining the following amazing 1-line haiku:

soonlight it switches the night snowfell

lost & found the boy in the bedroom jumble sale (posted at Triveni)

the bell jar still sings Sylvia Plath

nightfall the key turns into a blackbird

I liked another one-line haiku by Alan

sun off stubble a train in its landscape

Alan Summers

otata 4 ed. John Martone

(April 2016)

I hope you are enjoying the magic of one-line poems. Your feedback is truly appreciated.



Hass, Robert. A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry. HarperCollins, 2017. Print.

Thank you!



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