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See Publications for further details. No remuneration for inclusion. Submit: By December 31 to Robert Epstein. Thirty-two haiku signs will be placed in four of the gardens and natural areas at various times throughout and into winter of Selected haiku poets will be notified via email no later than February Submit: January only. To assist poets, the following links contain information about flora and fauna to be found in particular gardens during particular seasons: English Walled Garden in spring Suzanne S. Read the journal here.

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Read more here. Reichhold Haiga Competition US, opens as a pdf. Porad Award US, poems entered. Morioka International Haiku Contest Japan.

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I remember reading somewhere that Haiku are almost formed like jokes: there's a setup first line and a punch-line third line. Good Haiku go beyond the form. The syllabic structure that many learn in elementary school is often the result of teaching about syllables rather than what Haiku really are. Western haiku writers, starting more or less in the early s used the syllable form in imitation of the Japanese. But because of the way the Japanese language works it tends to use very standard-length sounds as opposed to English, for example, where a single syllable can be various lengths those writing in the haiku form started to break away from strict adherence to the rule.

If you look at any haiku publication today The Heron's Nest , for example , you'll see haiku in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some haiku consist of only a single word. The main thing that makes a haiku a haiku is the spirit of the poem. But that's a whole other topic. And books have been written by far better writers than myself on the topic so I won't try to recapitulate that here. At the end of the day, if you want to write in you can, of course.

Some still do.

Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women

But the syllables contained in the poem are not as important as the spirit of the poem. You can read a history of people trying to define it here , but the best way, IMHO, is to read good haiku and learn from them. What I mean by the spirit of the poem I know, it's pretty vague, right? A haiku is traditionally made up of two parts.

You have two images, not necessarily related, and then the spark that jumps between them when you read the poem. That's what I'm trying to get at as the spirit of haiku.

Definition of Haiku

This can perhaps give you an idea of the sort of mild jolt between the two halves. Like I said, books have been written on these subjects, so please forgive the necessarily sketchy nature of my reply.

Some commentators on haiku have said that they are unfinished poems, that the reader finishes the poem in his or her mind. In order for it to be a Haiku, it must have 17 syllables. Because a Haiku is strictly 3 un-rhymed lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, people usually are very strict about this. If it is over or under 17 syllables, I'm sorry, but they probably wouldn't classify it as a Haiku.

Hope that helps!

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Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Does a Haiku needs to have exactly 17 syllables? Ask Question. Asked 7 years ago. Active 3 years, 1 month ago. Viewed 20k times. I am asking about Haiku written in English language not in Japanese. Eduard Florinescu Eduard Florinescu 1 1 gold badge 3 3 silver badges 7 7 bronze badges. Wikipedia answers your question rather thoroughly: Haiku in general , Haiku in English.

The short answer is "no, there are many exceptions and alternate forms. The second page is, the first I've seen and is too much tight to Japanese language, I didn't come across the second and is helpful, thanks. A haiku written by Veronica Little: A snowball's chance in hell? You will be mine.