poems on this blog

Free Verse (mostly)

Tanka Prose

Japanese poetry forms, definitions:

Haiku: a short poem which expresses, through the juxtaposition of natural images, the essence of an emotion keenly felt at a particular moment in time. ‘Images’ in haiku can be scent, touch, taste, sight or hearing based, and can include humans. If the poem is actually about people however, it is usually termed ‘Senryu’. This collection contains both. Usually haiku include a word or suggestion that sets the poem in a season.  Around twelve English syllables equate with the Japanese haiku of seventeen ‘sound units’ and they are often written in three lines: short, longer, short.

Tanka: a five-line poem (short long short long long) usually more directly dealing with emotions.

Haiga: haiku interacting with an image.

Haibun: poetic prose interspersed with one or more haiku with the haiku adding a slant or juxtaposition to the prose.

Tanka Prose: similar to Haibun, but incorporating tanka rather than haiku.