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haiku fanatics stifling creativity laying down the law inflexible minds smothering self-expression toeing language lines simile is out personification too metaphor's a crime icicles are fine as long as they aren't crystal and they mustn't rhyme ripping haiku rules rebel verse must be contained I should be ashamed! wonder if Basho stuck rigidly to the rules observed tradition? haiku from the heart give metaphor wings to soar let the words fly free oops I do believe this is strictly senryu not haiku at all!
After reading all sides of the haiku debate about how it should be written and indeed beyond haiku and into the writing of poetry in general, I really only have this to say: life is not perfect and if art imitates life it stands to reason that poetry cannot be perfect either. I think the writing of poetry suffers from perfectionism and I find that the more I read about the rights and wrongs of writing, this technique and that technique, this form and that form, the more of an inhibitory effect it has upon my work. Life is constantly changing and evolving and therefore poetry should do the same. What is being published today at the cutting edge is mainly modern haiku and free verse with a definite shift towards more rawness and edginess and I welcome that. Life is not perfect and has very little rhyme or reason, so how can it possibly be captured in neat little stanzas and strict syllable counts? And so when writing haiku I will write my own version of it, what personally pleases me and what I'd like to read myself - I've ripped up my rule book. :-)

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  1. Date: 1/27/2014 5:34:00 PM
    OK, I confess, I'm back at this one. Read Posey's "Ode to Charlotte" and had to follow it over here to see what it was all about. I'd already been here! Short attention span, sorry. Was a short trip though, you're side by side on my "fav poets" list. Appreciate you standing up for the little guys - like haiku. Now I'd better go see what else you've been writing.

  1. Date: 11/30/2013 11:34:00 AM
    glad i read this and will read more of your poem... this is a fun piece though thoughtful...

  1. Date: 11/27/2013 1:33:00 PM
    Bravissimo, Charlotte!! I suppose there are good haiku's around but I won't know because I don't normally read poetry under the heading of "haiku". I've done one set in my life and I found it rather limiting. You might have a look-see at my "Haiku versus rhythm-and-rhyme". I'm with you all the way on this score. Rip-rip, rulebook!! Licia :-)

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 12:50:00 PM
    the art of haiku test the mastery of a poets ability to create something with in the bounds of limited resources. and making it thought provoking. it test, it skills it masters. it is art for arts sake.

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 9:32:00 PM
    My friend, I have just posted "Ode To Miss Charlotte" and will enter it in the Ode contest.... Hope you like it.... I know its technically not an ode... But... Isn't that the basis of this exchange... So I broke a few rules... Lets see how close the judges apply the rules.... Love ya.... Jake

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 7:28:00 PM
    I toyed with the haiku FORM for awhile, thinking it was about haiku FARMing and went into a culinary spin. I had folks contacting me about franchising possibilities. Well, I finally figured it was a poetic form and my haiku writing has gone downhill ever since. But I had a lot of fun at the farm..... you seem to have reconciled the subject... Congratulations.... Jake

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 9:17:00 AM
    The haiku controversy continues. I received responses to Haiku 48 and Monoku 2 that you might find interesting. I've done a good bit of research into haiku, and I'm confident my responses are correct. Didn't stop the criticism though... Jack

  1. Date: 3/18/2013 7:41:00 PM
    As we said back in my day, "Right On." I don't claim ignorance is a virtue, but, in my opinion experimentation implies a measure of not-knowing, a what-if. My ignorance, if you will, is lack of any formal training in writing; mine was almost all technology. So, I write what sounds and feels good to me. Thanks for your essay; it went straight to the heart of the issue. Jack

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 6:44:00 PM
    Love this,,,, every-time I write them I think, not the right form, You did a great job explaining how I feel ;} Keep writing .

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 7:55:00 AM
    charlotte, just read someone's questioning comment to a beautiful haiku of yours I just saw elsewhere, and this series you wrote goes so well with what I saw! I can't seem to find any poem of yours I have not already seen. Can you think of one for me? Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 10:42:00 AM
    Hi Charlotte, love these, and your innuendoes written within these, are well founded, love your comments, such a lot of snobbery in poetry in general, you are one of the shining lights here, may your beam always glow...

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 8:14:00 PM
    CharlotteStopping by to greet you and every other soup poet, with a special thank you comment, during this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Hope you do not mind the time I am taking to express my sincere appreciation for any support you have offered during the years, or time you have been here on the soup. I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Poetic Magical Thanksgiving Day. *Always & Forever, the Poet Destroyer; -*

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 8:21:00 PM
    Bravo! Well said Charlotte / the haiku police do (5) / take the fun out of writing (7) / itty bitty ditties (5)

    Wulf Avatar John Wulf
    Date: 11/12/2012 8:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    oops, 6 on that last line
  1. Date: 11/11/2012 11:07:00 AM
    to a certain extent, I agree with the thoughts you penned with this set of poetry. The rebel in me too wants to scream by some of the rigid standards some people are imposing, sometimes even erroneously, on people.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 11:07:00 AM
    Metaphor rules, even in haiku!!

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 6:39:00 AM
    Charlotte .... yes, i agree with you .... I like your Haiku very well, whether it is by various rules mean nothing to me, it was you who posted it and it's very good. I post some Haiku poems too, welcome to read mine. :) Have a lovely Sunday. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 5:27:00 AM
    Thumbs up for both the poem and what you say beneath it too.Its very un-poetic to be more stuck in the rule-world.Why running around copying already established poetry forms? Be original,create our own style..that`s what makes the world go around in real life too.

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 7:28:00 PM
    Charlotte, lol...love what you did here.. I am no fanatic, that died months ago.. But, I love the ending, free-styling the ku ku nest I use to once love... i see how many can not even agree, stepping on one another, is well deserved.. , thank you for sharing your poem, always :-) PD

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 6:17:00 PM
    I too often wonder, with just seventeen or less syllables, how many rules one could follow. One could only try to be as poetic as possible under the circumstances, which is what all poets are trying to do according to their abilities. Well said, friend, sorry I haven't read you in a while!! Jag

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 5:33:00 PM
    After counting all those sylables yes you get a gold star. Sweet dreams. Were 6 hours behind you.

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