Updated: Apr 8
haikaiTALKS: ONE-LINE HAIKU - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree
host: Richa Sharma
8th April, 2023
Nature has always been a metaphor for the emotional and physical state of the characters in literature, both Eastern and Western.
Apart from primary nature, there is also nature re-created in paintings, poetry, dress, furniture, and illustrated tales. Such a reconstructed nature is called “secondary nature.”
In the transition from the rural to the metropolitan culture, nature has been viewed differently. The common view of nature in Japanese art is an extension of the human, with nature becoming embedded in the urban landscape.
I would like to share a few poems that innovatively use one-line haiku to step deeper into the psychic realm.
above all the finch's song
San Francisco, California
The Heron's Nest Second Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award, Honorable Mention.
mountain shadow robs the tree of its
Roadrunner Haiku Journal 9.3 August 2009
children cross one bridge and the other migratory birds
Pravat Kumar Padhy, India
Issue 2: Summoning the Sky
a church steeple harpoons the moon forced childbirth
2nd Place, Sonic Boom's Fourth Annual Senryu Contest
through cattails / a refinery
ant ant ant ant ant
Wrench in a coffee can
May 18, 2010
the moon and I shift workers
Stefanie Bucifal, Germany
Issue 3: Into Oneness (May 2022)
crescent things I used to discuss with the dog moon
is/let, December 28, 2014
where my tooth was morning birdsong
is/let, December 18, 2014
from g the r strangler o figs w what i could n have g been
Under the Bashō 2022
28 October, 2022
from the balcony unreachable mountains
21 one-line haiku by Dimitar Anakiev,
trees what will we leave you with
Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3
rewilding my amygdala the palm warbler's chirps
Issue 2: Summoning the Sky
a “forever stamp” on a letter to the ocean
Views by Jack Galmitz, 2012
Waking up a thousand birds :: I have to be a perfect dawn
tiny mortal drums
between statues the rest of history
First Prize: 2008 Kusamakura Haiku Contest (Kumamoto, Japan)
Concluding with a deep and poignant monoku. There is a message for all of us to focus on sustainable development and take full responsibility for the safe disposal of waste of all kind.
all the polymers of a swans’ nest morning breeze
Martin Lucas Haiku Award 2022
My special thanks to Kala Ramesh and Alan Summers for sharing their vibrant knowledge, poems, and feedback. Thank you to all the participants. Truly appreciated. So much is yet to bloom from the power of your short-form poetry. Keep writing and stay blessed.
Shirane, Haruo. Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons Nature, Literature, and the Arts. Columbia University Press, 2012.